Eager for the next total solar eclipse in Western Pa.? Just wait 3 years

The next total solar eclipse that will cross much of the United States is three years away, on April 8, 2024.

For Western Pennsylvania residents, it promises to, indeed, eclipse the similar 2017 event that saw people throughout the area grab solar glasses and gaze skyward, according to our partners at the Trib.

According to NASA, the path of totality in 2024 will pass directly over the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, within relatively easy driving distance of the Pittsburgh area. The 2017 eclipse, while offering a compelling show in the state, took a direct path that veered well to the south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

If you miss the heavenly spectacular in 2024, you’ll have to wait until 2045 to see the next total eclipse in the United States, when the path will cross the country from northern California to south Florida.