Solar eclipses across USA — signs in the sun?

Originally posted to web site August 4, 2015; updated February 27, 2019.

Two total solar eclipses in less than seven years

On the heels of the 2014-2015 lunar tetrad come two total solar eclipses crossing the USA from sea to shining sea within 7 years of each other.

That’s four lunar eclipses for God’s people and two solar eclipses for everyone else, all focused on the USA.

On August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse rose up in the Pacific Ocean at sunrise. Visible throughout North America, the path of totality made landfall mid-morning in Oregon, made its transit over Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and then exited mid-afternoon over South Carolina and onto the Atlantic Ocean.

August 21, 2017 -- the sun's path turns dark over America.

On April 8, 2024, the sun once again rises in eclipse over the Pacific Ocean. This time, it makes landfall near Mazatlan, Mexico, with its darkness sweeping into the USA from southwest Texas. For the next hour or so, the path of totality engulfs parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, and Maine before making its exit into New Brunswick, Canada.

August 21, 2017 -- the sun turns dark over America for the first time in nearly 100 years.

The animations here show the shadows of the upcoming total solar eclipses as they envelop the USA mainland.

August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse animation.

April 8, 2024, total solar eclipse animation.

The dot in the center of the shadow is path of totality, where the sun turns dark over America as if it were night. Images: NASA

How common is a total solar eclipse over North America?

Most of earth’s surface lacks people. About 71% is covered with water, and only about 40% of the land is populated. It follows, then, that most eclipses fall over water and unpopulated land. Few have a path of totality over major population centers, and relatively few of those transit over North America.

The last two over any point in the United States were visible only in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.

In February 1979, a total solar eclipse crossed the far northwest corner of the continental USA:

February 6, 1979, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

In July 1991, a total solar eclipse was visible over Hawaii:

July 11, 1991, total solar eclipse map. To visit NASA's page for an eclipse, click the link in the caption for each image.July 11, 1991, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

We have to go back to June 8, 1918– the summer that the bulk of America’s troops arrived in Europe to fight WWI — for the last solar eclipse with a path of totality crossing the USA from Pacific to Atlantic:

June 8, 1918, total solar eclipse map. To visit NASA's page for an eclipse, click the link in the caption for each image.
June 8, 1918, total solar eclipse. Image: NASA.

Are the new solar eclipses a sign from the heavens?

Getting back to the 2017 and 2024 eclipses, you can see their criss-crossed paths here:

2017 and 2024 solar eclipse map USA

It seems to make an “X” over the country, doesn’t it? Is this merely an astronomical coincidence? Or, is it a sign with some meaning for us? If a sign, what could that mark mean? Is it an “X” on the map to mark a treasure or a target?

More coming soon and it will be linked right here! Thanks for reading!

 

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