Updated Apr 8, 2024 - Science

Total solar eclipse: Couples marry, students cheer and nerds party

People three people stand behind huge eclipse glasses outside.

Photo: Carrie Shepherd

Monday's rare total solar eclipse passed across the U.S., turning the lights off as totality moved from Mexico's Pacific coast into Canada.

Why it matters: Almost everyone in the U.S. was able to see some part of it, and millions of Americans traveled to get the best view.

Catch up quick: 15 states were in the path of totality.

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024, eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Flashback: Only two total solar eclipses have been visible from the U.S. during the 21st century.

The next total solar eclipse viewable from the U.S. is 20 years away.

Editor's note: This story was formerly a live blog and has been updated with developments and background throughout.

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Missed the eclipse?

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible in the contiguous U.S. is Aug. 23, 2044, NASA said.

  • It will only graze a sliver of Montana and North Dakota.

The next chance for a coast-to-coast view will come in 2045.

Data: EclipseSimulator via in-the-sky.org; Map: Will Chase/Axios

Between the lines: If you're motivated to travel, parts of Iceland and Spain will see an eclipse in 2026, Axios' Will Chase reports.

  • This eclipse will occur Aug. 12, 2026.
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Clouds cover New Orleans' view

A photo of a dark, cloudy sky with a tree in the foreground.
Photo: Carlie Kollath Wells

New Orleans was hoping to see 82% of the Sun blocked, but Axios New Orleans reporter Carlie Kollath Wells says she just saw a lot of clouds.

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