Athena Preparatory

Private High School Education & College Preparation

October 2023 Solar Eclipse

Are you excited about the upcoming solar eclipses in North America? The October 2023 and April 2024 eclipses are anticipated to thrill millions of people, and I have created a series of maps to enlighten and inspire viewers about these fantastic events. The annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, will be seen from Oregon to Texas, while the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, will be seen from Mazatlán, Mexico, to Newfoundland, Canada. Inside the path of annularity, the Sun will appear behind the dark Moon as a brilliant thin ring, while a total solar eclipse is the most beautiful spectacle you will ever see in the sky.

Using ArcGIS software, I calculated that 6.6 million people live inside the path of the annular solar eclipse, and 31.6 million people live inside the path of the total solar eclipse. I have also identified the most populated cities and interesting places to view the eclipses, including peaks, planetariums, stadiums, and zoos. Did you know that a solar eclipse can mimic the intensity of sunshine on the outer planets of the solar system? I have included a map to show the light levels at the maximum partial eclipse.

Looking back and ahead, I have also provided maps of past and future solar eclipses over North America, including annular and total eclipses. The memory of the 2017 Great American Eclipse is still fresh in many people’s memory, and the impact of the 2023 and 2024 eclipses will be enormous. So, get ready to be moved by the surreal beauty of the Sun’s corona and enjoy this peak life experience.