Newspaper clipping from 1970 predicts 2024 solar eclipse

  • The newspaper cutting was from 1970
  • The prediction was made 54 years ago
  • It seems like something straight out of The Simpsons

Published on Mar 23, 2024 at 10:14 AM (UTC+4)
by Nalin Rawat

Last updated on Mar 25, 2024 at 1:19 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Tom Wood

An Ohio-based newspaper in the US once predicted the date of a 2024 solar eclipse – more than half a century before it happened.

The newspaper predicted in 1970 that North America and Central America would witness a total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

After 54 years, the forecast is finally about to come true and the clipping predicting the event has gone viral.

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Reddit user Fleegle1834 posted the newspaper clipping with the headline: ‘Millions See Eclipse; Next Showing in 2024’.

The user also captioned the post, ‘My neighbor has a newspaper from 1970 forecasting 2024 solar eclipse (April 8).’

According to him, the newspaper article was taken from The Washington Post and republished here.

This bizarre event is like something straight out of The Simpsons as the show has repeatedly predicted the future,

You can even check out some of the predictions made by The Simpsons‘ – right here.

According to NASA, the 2024 solar eclipse will be the last one that will be seen in the United States for a while, with the next one scheduled to take place on August 23, 2044.

Just last year, America also witnessed an extremely rare ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse.

You can watch the 2023 annular solar eclipse from NASA’s live stream, but according to the space agency, it won’t happen again until 2046.

A few Reddit users commented on the post amazed by the 2024 solar eclipse prediction.

One user commented, “I remember that eclipse, and my fifth-grade teacher talking about the one to come this year.”

Another user pointed out, “What a great lede to that article: The Sun blinked yesterday and millions saw it. You don’t see reporting like that anymore.”

“I can imagine some of those old people who read the newspaper then saying: “2024, that’s a long time to come! Would the world still be existing by then?” another user commented.

However, it seems nobody can make an accurate prediction as even the newspaper missed the 2017 total solar eclipse.

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Nalin Rawat

Nalin started his career by working with various national newspapers in India. He has also worked as a writer/editor for many popular websites, while still pursuing his journalism and mass communication degree. Working as a digital nomad has allowed him to inform and educate through his work. When he is not writing, you can find him playing video games or travelling the mountains on his bike.