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2017 Great American Eclipse vs 1991 Mexico City Total Eclipse – Who Did It Better?


The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is now but a fond memory as it leaves the east coast of South Carolina. For eclipse enthusiasts, however, it is time to compare the Great American Eclipse with that of Mexico and South America’s total eclipse of 1991.

The July 11, 1991 solar eclipse was centered on Mexico City which lay directly in the path of eclipse totality. It is estimated 23 million people watched from the capital city amongst the pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor.

The Mexico City 1991 eclipse started over the Pacific Ocean moved to Hawaii then to Mexico then traveled through Central and South America. The 1991 eclipse in total traveled 9,300 miles across the earth before signing off in Brazil.

This eclipse was historic in that it lasted 6 minutes, 53 second where most typically endure a mere three to four minutes. The 2017 Great American eclipse lasted 2 minutes, 40 seconds. Unfortunately due to the eclipse path most Americans didn’t enjoy nature’s gift in 1991. The eclipse of 1991 was the third longest eclipse since 1898, and another lengthy eclipse isn’t expected until 2132.

The Great American eclipse though shorter in duration traveled a wider path, cutting a 67 mile wide swath across the U.S. before ending at 4:06 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina. The Great American Eclipse was truly an American celebration not registering any excitement in Mexico or South America. This is first total U.S. coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years, last enjoyed in 1918.

Latin Americans are anxiously awaiting the next total solar eclipse coming to them in 2019. Americans will have to travel below the equator to enjoy. So start booking your tickets to Chile or Argentina or wait until April 8, 2024 for another states-side total eclipse viewing.

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