For those who haven't had the chance to see a solar eclipse, now is your chance to witness a special annular solar eclipse this October. On Oct. 14, 2023, a “ring of fire” will be visible across large parts of the U.S, providing a spectacle for millions of people. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and creates a shadow on our planet. While viewers won't get to see a total solar eclipse, this one will still be a sight to behold, as the moon will be at its furthest point from the Earth and so won't entirely block out the sun.
Where to Go and How to Stay Safe
Those wanting to experience the full effect of the annular solar eclipse need to be in the right place at the right time. The path of annularity begins on the coast of Oregon before passing through California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. The shadow of the eclipse will then pass over Central and South America. Despite limited coverage, anyone living in the continental U.S. will still get at least a partial view. But remember, looking directly at the sun during an annular eclipse can cause severe and permanent damage to the eyes without the proper safety equipment. Those planning on viewing the Oct. 14 eclipse will need to use special eclipse glasses with approved solar filters that offer the necessary protection.
Another Total Solar Eclipse to Look Out For
If you missed a chance to see the annular eclipse, don't worry, there's one more total solar eclipse coming up. On April 8, 2024, North America will have front-row seats to witness its first total solar eclipse since 2017. The path of full coverage runs in the opposite direction, starting in Texas, moving north through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. This total eclipse brings with it a set of unique phenomena, including Bailey's Beads and eerie darkness when the moon's shadow passes.
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