Past and Future Solar Eclipses

-- | February 23, 2014

Question:  I am interested in knowing how many solar eclipses have ever occurred in the past, and are likely to ever occur in the future based on widely accepted astronomical models.  Can you also provide dates for these events?  Thank you.  — Randy

Answer:  Listing the number of solar eclipses that have ever occurred is a bit of a tall order.  There are approximately 4 or 5 solar eclipses of various types (partial, annular, penumbral, total) per year, both in the past and in the future.  As for future solar eclipses, see the solar eclipse listing for the next 10 years.  This site also allows one to list solar eclipses which happened as far back as 1900.

Jeff Mangum