When is the next total solar eclipse for the Tampa Bay area? – WTSP.com

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Our area is right in the path of totality for an upcoming solar eclipse. We’ll just have to wait another 21 years to see it.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — People across the country took a step outside to get a glimpse of the solar eclipse on April 8. Some from the Tampa Bay area made travel plans to secure a view along the path of totality.

Take a look at the upcoming solar eclipses that will span across the United States, though, and you’ll find that you can go ahead and schedule a “staycation”

According to data from NASA, the next solar eclipse in North America is coming in 2044. Tampa Bay won’t be anywhere near that path of totality. But luckily for us, we don’t have to wait very long to have our turn under darkened skies.

A solar eclipse set for Aug. 12, 2045, will have most of Florida under darkness at some point. According to data from NASA, the total eclipse will happen over Tampa Bay around 1:30 p.m. that day, which is a Saturday. The organization calculates the rare event will completely hide the sun for six minutes and six seconds.

10 Tampa Bay viewer Andrew Wilkins sent in a video of the moment the moon fully covered the sun, causing the sunlight to fade in Dallas, Texas.

10 Tampa Bay viewer Andrew Wilkins captured the moment of totality during the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 in downtown Dallas, Texas.

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The entire eclipse path runs from the east to the west coast of the United States. Other major cities that will be able to view the total solar eclipse in 2045 include Tulsa, Oklahoma; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt Lake City; and Reno, Nevada. Florida will be the last U.S. state to experience totality.


After the 2044 and 2045 total solar eclipses, the next ones in North America will happen in 2078 and 2099.

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