26th century

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The 26th century of the anno Domini (common) era will span from January 1, 2501, to December 31, 2600, of the Gregorian calendar.

Astronomical events[edit]

List of the long total solar eclipses[edit]

  • June 14, 2504: Solar eclipse,[1] (7 min 10 s), of saros 145.
  • June 25, 2522: at 9:04 TD, total solar eclipse[2] of 7min 12s, "crowning" at the top the series of saros 145.[Note 1]
  • July 5, 2540: Solar eclipse,[3] (7 min 04 s), of saros 145.
  • July 17, 2558: Solar eclipse,[4] (6 min 43 s), of saros 145.
  • August 6, 2567: Solar eclipse,[5] (6 min 26 s), of saros 164.
  • August 16, 2585: Solar eclipse,[6] (6 min 16 s), of saros 164.

Particular eclipse prediction[edit]

  • May 5, 2600: First total solar eclipse[7] visible from London since 2151.[8]
    The width of its path is predicted to be exceptionally wide at its maximum point.

Other phenomena[edit]

Science fiction set in the 26th century[edit]



  • The third and final portion of Darren Aronofsky's film The Fountain takes place in the 26th century with future astronaut Tom Verde, played by Hugh Jackman.
  • The movie Idiocracy, in which an average man (played by Luke Wilson) from the year 2005 is suspended in hibernation and wakes up 500 years later, is set in the year 2505.
  • The film Pitch Black takes place in 2578, and its sequel The Chronicles of Riddick takes place in 2583.[citation needed]
  • The Film Serenity is set in the year 2517, and follow Space Captain and Unification War veteran, Malcolm Reynolds, and his crew, across various planets.
  • In the movie Aditya 369 , the protagonists reach a post-apocalyptic world in the year 2504 on 5 April. It is revealed that most of the world was destroyed in the third world war and the surface of the earth is not suitable for humans.


Video games[edit]



  • "In the Year 2525", a 1969 song by Zager and Evans, describes what life is like in 2525 (and later the years 3535, 4545 and many others). Disturbing predictions are given for each selected year.
  • "Pretty Good Looking", a 2002 song by the White Stripes on their album "De Stijl", references the Zager and Evans song with the line "This feeling's still gonna linger on/until the year 2525 now."


Population of Earth[edit]

Physicist Stephen Hawking, at a White House lecture in 1999, remarked that if there is no space colonization, population expansion continued unabated and the people of the Earth continued to use power at the rate they did then, then by the year 2600 people would be standing shoulder to shoulder and the Earth would glow red hot.[10]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ The serie from the last total eclipse of the last millennium taken on August 11, 1999.

  1. ^ Solar eclipse of June 14, 2504
  2. ^ Solar eclipse of June 25, 2522
  3. ^ Solar eclipse of July 5, 2540
  4. ^ Éclipse solaire du July 17, 2558
  5. ^ Solar eclipse of August 6, 2567
  6. ^ Solar eclipse of August 16, 2585
  7. ^ Solar eclipse of May 5, 2600
  8. ^ Solar eclipse of June 14, 2151
  9. ^ a b Mutual Planetary Transits; Fifteen millennium catalog; Period 2 001 AD - 3 000 AD
  10. ^ http://clinton4.nara.gov/Initiatives/Millennium/shawking.html

Centuries and millennia[edit]