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The Next Total Solar Eclipse to be Visible in North Dakota is in 2044

Solar Eclipse Visible Across Swath Of U.S.
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Yesterday, a total eclipse was visible in various states from coast to coast while the rest of us enjoyed a partial eclipse.

Here in North Dakota we saw about 85% coverage. The last time North Dakota saw a total eclipse was in 1979. It was not visible to the entire state but to portions in the northwest.

Yesterday’s partial eclipse was visible statewide.

The next time North Dakota will see a total eclipse again (just like it did in 1979) will be on August 23, 2044. Similar to the eclipse in 1979, only parts of the state will be able to experience it.

A map provided by the National Weather Service in Riverton (Wyoming), shows that it will be visible in the western part of the state and it will begin much later in the day… at about 8:40pm central time (7:40pm mountain time).

In fact, the 2044 eclipse is mostly visible in Canada and only Montana and parts of North Dakota will witness it in the United States. This means that unlike this year, the national media probably won’t make a big deal about it.

So in order for you to remember, you’ll have to mark it down on your 2044 calendar. August 23 falls on a Tuesday.

The next total solar eclipse in general in the US will be on April 8, 2024 though it will be visible only through parts of 14 states. North Dakota is not one of them.

After 2024, the next total eclipse to be visible in a US state will be in March of 2033 but only Alaska will see it.

The next total eclipse after that to be seen in the US is the one in 2044. On August 12, 2045, another total eclipse will travel from coast-to-coast but once again North Dakota is not in the path of totality.

[Wikipedia | h/t NWS Riverton]

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