Unlike a Lunar Eclipse, which is visible anywhere as long as you can see the Moon, to observe a total Solar Eclipse, you must be in the path of totality, which is a relatively small strip of about a 100 miles wide. Outside this path you only will see a partial eclipse, and you miss all the spectacle of totality: it won't get dark, you will not se the solar corona etc.
Additionally, where you are in this strip, has an important impact on the duration of totality. For example, close to the edge of the strip, totality may just last half a minute, but traveling towards the centerline for only 10 miles would add a full minute to that, while at the center line totality lasts a whopping four and a half minutes!
Therefore, for a total solar eclipse, planning is important, and good maps are essential!
For this reason we offer free eclipse maps for both eclipses, and interactive Google maps for a small ($2) one-time subscription fee.
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Interactive Eclipse Maps: Our Map Portal
The Eclipse Store is home to a set of interactive Google maps with the path of both eclipses superimposed. (See below for further details) Because Google charges every time the map is used, our Map Portal is a paid service. For a one time fee of only $2 you get unlimited access during 2023 and 2024.
We have split up this section into two parts: one for each eclipse. Note, the first eclipse on October 14th, 2023, is an annular solar eclipse. This mean at no time is it safe to observer the Sun without eclipse glasses. For more information about what an annular eclipse is, and why it differs from a true total eclipse, please visit our educational pages.
The eclipse on March 8th is a true Total Solar Eclipse. ONLY during totality, when the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon, is it safe to look at the Sun without eclipse glasses. At all other times, you MUST wear your glasses to be safe. To learn more about eclipses please visit our educational pages.
Saturday - October 14th, 2023
The eclipse starts in the west, and will travel towards the east, or looking at the map below, from left to right.
Friday - April 8th, 2024
The eclipse starts in the south-west, and will travel towards the north-east, or looking at the map below, from bottom-left to top-right.
X Marks the spot...
As you may have noticed, the two eclipse paths cross each other right over Texas
As a final map, we include a close-up of this area.