MISSOURI – A total solar eclipse made its way through Missouri for the second time in seven years earlier this week.

It will be awhile until that happens again. When that time comes around, only a small part of Missouri will sit in the path of totality.

The next total solar eclipse that passes through Missouri is set for Aug. 12, 2045.

According to NationalEclipse.com, the path of totality will stretch across 15 states, starting in the United States as far west as California and ending as far east as Florida. The eclipse will curl to the point where totality barely reaches Missouri.

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Maps from NationalEclipse.com show that Missouri’s next opportunity for totality will come near the state lines for northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

Missouri municipalities such as Southwest City and Noel appear to be in the most favorable spots for totality. Joplin, Neosho, and other higher-populated cities in southwest Missouri may just miss the cutoff for a total solar eclipse.

A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and the planet Earth. Totality happens during stages of the eclipse in which the moon’s shadow completely blocks the sun. Weather permitting, those in the path of totality see the sky darken like a dawn or dusk color for a short period of time.

Monday’s solar eclipse brought totality to Cape Girardeau and many nearby communities in Missouri and Illinois, though it just missed St. Louis.

The 2045 solar eclipse will follow another that rolls through the United States in 2044, though it is only expected to roll through a few states in the northeast. Those will happen more than two decades removed from Monday’s solar eclipse.