Don’t Miss the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse in October 2023
An extraordinary celestial event is set to take place this October – The Ring of Fire solar eclipse, also known as an annular solar eclipse. This phenomenon will be visible in eight U.S. states as well as parts of Central and South America on the morning of October 14. Even if you are not located in the states where the Ring of Fire Eclipse will be fully visible, you will still experience a partial solar eclipse.
During the Ring of Fire Eclipse, viewers can expect to see a ring of light, created by the sun, surrounding the moon. This occurs when the moon is directly positioned in front of the sun, similar to a total solar eclipse. However, because the moon will be at its farthest point from Earth in its orbital cycle, it will appear smaller and will not completely block out the sun.
The eclipse will begin in Oregon and move through parts of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, and a small portion of Colorado and Arizona. It will follow a path that is 130 miles wide. The visibility will start near Eugene, OR, at 9:16 A.M. PDT and end near San Antonio, TX at 11:56 A.M. CDT.
If you are located near the northern edge of the eclipse path, you may also have the opportunity to witness Baily’s Beads phenomenon. Baily’s Beads are spots of light created by reflections off the uneven surface of the moon. These spots are briefly visible due to the mountains and valleys on the moon’s surface breaking up rays of light.
Remember, it is crucial to never look directly at the sun, especially during eclipses. To safely view the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse, invest in a pair of eclipse glasses. If you plan on capturing the event with a camera, make sure to keep your eclipse glasses on or use a NASA-approved sun filter for your camera. The same precaution applies to telescopes or binoculars.
So mark your calendars for October 14, 2023, and get ready to witness this incredible celestial event!
– Country Living