100 Days Until Totality! 57 Days Left – A Summary of North American Total Solar Eclipses of the 20th Century

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On June 8, 1918 a total solar eclipse was seen from coast to coast. The path of totality went from Washington to Florida. Until the eclipse this year this will have been the most recent eclipse that went from one side of the country to the other.

A total solar eclipse occurred over southwestern California and Mexico on September 10, 1923. However, cloudy weather ruined many attempts to see this eclipse.

New York City was lucky to have a total solar eclipse January 25, 1925. This eclipse was very well studied as the path of totality covered many observatories.

On August 31, 1932 the path of totality of an eclipse passed from Canada into New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

Towards the end of World War Two a solar eclipse passed over the northwestern United States on July 9, 1945.

A total solar eclipse began in Nebraska on June 30, 1954. This eclipse traveled east to South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The path of totality continued across the Atlantic Ocean passing over Europe and almost reaching India.

On October 2, 1959 a total solar eclipse hit Massachusetts. Williams College professor Donald Menzel, chartered a flight so that his class could view the eclipse. The experience inspired one of his students, Jay Pasachoff. Later he went on to become a famous solar physicist who studied the Suns Corona.

July 20,1963 a total eclipse passed through Northern Canada and then down to Maine. This eclipse is in Stephen King’s Book, Gerald’s Game.

Much of the east coast was subject to a total solar eclipse on March 7, 1970.

The last total solar eclipse to hit the mainland of the United States was on February 26, 1979. The eclipse hit the pacific northwest but cloudy weather made this difficult to see.

The last total solar eclipse to occur in the United states happened on July 11, 1991 over Hawaii. Unfortunately this eclipse was also ruined by abnormally cloudy weather.

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