I’m pretty sure where I will be on August 21st. I will be at work while millions watch the sky phenom of the century. My boss will be taking his car to the garage for maintenance, so maybe I’ll find a live feed on YouTube and sneak in some glances. I’ll run financial reports for accounts receivable and walk to the darkening window by the water cooler every once in a while. Just another boring workday for me.
But next time…
Next time there is a total Solar eclipse in the United States it will be different. I will travel to wherever I have to go to be there. I would climb the Appalachians, cross the Grand Canyon, dodge tornados in Kansas or brave the blizzards in upstate New York! But when will next total solar eclipse be? The geniuses at NASA figured it all out and let us know on their website.
The next totality is April 8th 2024
That date is now on my bucket list. I’ll be dropping my first quarter in a brand new piggy bank starting on Monday and next time I will be there. In fact, there is another total eclipse in 2044 and yet another in 2045, so if I live to a ripe old age I might have 3 more chances and they are all on my bucket list. Here they are:
April 8, 2024
August 22, 2044
August 12, 2045
Below is a map with this year’s eclipse path and the paths for all my bucket list eclipses. Apparently, the next one streaks up from old Mexico, crosses Texas, arches up through Illinois and exits through Maine.
The interesting part is that this year’s eclipse and the one in 2024 creates a kind of an X across America. Let’s hope that this is not a bad omen, especially for the good people in Southern Illinois where the eclipse paths cross. It is colored red on the map.
Apparently, it is kind of strange to have a total eclipse cross the entire continent of North America, followed by another one seven years later. Some prophecy speculators predict that this is it for the United States. Some huge disaster is sure to follow.
Seven is some kind of spiritual number or something, right? Kind of like Joseph from the Bible story, the one with the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He had a dream that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. So the pharaoh promoted him to vice-pharaoh in charge of national prepping. Something like that.
X Marks the Spot
The question is... does that big X mark a valuable treasure like a treasure map, like gold at the end of the rainbow? Or is it like a target kind of a thing? Like for Russian nukes or an EMP or something? I guess only the prophets can tell for sure.
I can only tell you this. I am going to do everything possible to see a total eclipse with my own certified-sunglass-filtered-eyes before I die.
Happy eclipsing to those lucky few (million) who get to see it in 2017. I will be joining you in seven years.
Here's a link to the NASA article: