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August 12, 2026, Total Solar Eclipse

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August 12, 2026, Total Solar Eclipse

August 12, 2026, a total solar eclipse, is an upcoming celestial event that has captured the attention of astronomy enthusiasts worldwide. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun’s light and creating a shadow on the earth’s surface. It’s an awe-inspiring sight; you can even see the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, with your own eyes.

The eclipse will begin over the North Atlantic Ocean and move southeastward toward Europe. It will then travel across Europe and Asia, including parts of the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Russia, and China, before ending over the Pacific Ocean.

The best place to see the total eclipse will be over the Arctic Ocean between Greenland and Russia, where the moon completely covers the sun. Remember that looking directly at the sun during a solar eclipse can seriously harm your eyes. Use specially designed solar viewing glasses or other safety equipment to observe the eclipse safely.

Total solar eclipses have played an important role in cultural and religious beliefs throughout history, and they’ve even become popular tourist attractions in modern times. The August 2026 total solar eclipse is expected to draw significant visitors to the areas where it will be visible, with communities already preparing to accommodate the influx of people.

Overall, the August 2026 total solar eclipse promises to be an unforgettable event for those living in parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. You’ll witness a stunning display of nature with scientific significance and cultural importance. It will surely be an experience that many will remember for years.

Just remember to take precautions to protect your eyes and observe the eclipse safely. You can use specially designed solar viewing glasses, telescopes with solar filters, or other specialized equipment.

Mark your calendar for August 12, 2026, because the total solar eclipse will be incredible! Just remember to protect your eyes and enjoy the breathtaking display that nature has in store for us.

When?
Aug 12, 2026 at 5:47 pm UTC
Countdown
816 days

How to protect your eyes!

Protect your eyes during the next solar eclipse. During the next eclipse, wear ISO-certified eclipse glasses.   Never look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse (except during the very brief time the sun is in total eclipse; and even then, with caution). Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes. After viewing a solar eclipse, seek treatment from an eye care professional if you or your child have any changes in vision that continue to get worse. Read more about eye safety >>

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