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  • Writer's pictureShauna Damboise

Path of Totality- 98% just isn't good enough...

Who thought 2% would make such a difference!?

After hearing about the ‘path of totality’ for what seems like years (living here in Maine) I rolled my eyes at the thought of driving 2 hours to watch the eclipse while I could do the same right here on my deck…well..

Surprise! It really does makes a HUGE difference. I assumed that we would experience darkness here in Yarmouth, Maine- it was more like one of the 10 recessed lights in my kitchen was out. Smidge darker, noticeably cooler, but not dark. I'll call it the light at sunset after a summer storm- funky, sepia. Lesson learned- just like what Dad said way back when while I was taking an accounting class that I hated- you either pass or fail, there's no 'almost' in accounting. Noted, Dad!

So, who's ready for a redo? I am! Let's mark your calendars and get planning! Though a total eclipse won't grace our skies for a while, the next one casting a shadow across the US arrives on August 12th, 2045. This coast-to-coast spectacle offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the sun's spectacular disappearance for over 6 minutes. While the wait may seem long, planning an eclipse-chasing adventure can be an exciting journey in itself, potentially leading you to hidden gems across the country or even on an international expedition! Can't wait till 2045? I've got you covered!

Now, the next decade offers a chance to combine travel with a truly awe-inspiring celestial event. Here's a glimpse of where you can witness the sun momentarily vanish behind the moon between 2026 and 2034:

  • August 12, 2026: This eclipse carves a path across the Arctic, with totality briefly visible in Greenland, Iceland, and northern Russia, along with a sliver across Portugal and Spain.

  • August 2, 2027: Calling all history buffs and eclipse chasers! This total eclipse cuts across a swathe of North Africa, the Middle East, and Europe, with Egypt being a prime viewing location.

  • July 22, 2028: This eclipse offers a chance for stargazers Down Under to experience totality, with the path stretching across Australia and New Zealand.

  • March 20, 2034: Get ready for an African adventure! This eclipse will cast its shadow across a path stretching from Central Africa through the Middle East and into China, with Chad offering the longest duration of totality.

So, dust off your travel brochures, astronomy enthusiasts! These eclipses present a unique opportunity to combine your love of travel with a celestial spectacle you won't soon forget. #pathoftotality #100percent #eclipse #eclipsechaser #newadventures #travelmore

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