How to watch the 2023 ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse over the U.S. on Saturday

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(NEXSTAR) – Starting Saturday morning, October 14, an annular or partial solar eclipse will pass over the United States and Central and South America.

Millions of Americans will be able to see the phenomenon, but only a handful of cities located in the “ring path,” or the maximum amount of obstruction, will be able to see the “ring of fire” created when the moon aligns perfectly with the sun, leaving nothing but burning The edges are visible.

The 2023 eclipse will be streamed live in the player at the top of this article for those of you who are far from the circular path, but if you plan on breaking out your eclipse glasses and watching for yourself, this map shows the viewing times for the 2023 eclipse in some cities:

If you can’t make it to the 150-mile-wide circular path, you can still see a partial view of the eclipse.

For example, the 80-90% range includes California, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Idaho In some areas.

States a little further from the loop with 70-80% of the views include Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma , Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, California and parts of Arizona.

In the United States, the annular solar eclipse will begin in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and will be last visible in Texas at 12:03 p.m. Central Daylight Time before moving to Mexico, according to NASA. Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

However, the partial eclipse will begin and end later. For example, a partial solar eclipse in Eugene, Oregon, will begin at 8:06 a.m. PDT, but the annularity will not begin until 9:16 a.m., reaching its maximum two minutes later. The partial solar eclipse in Eugene ends at 10:39 a.m. PDT.

How to watch the solar eclipse

Unless you are in a fully intact state and the moon completely blocks the sun, the most important thing to remember is that you should cover your eyes when gazing at the sun.

Be especially careful when it comes to any device you normally use to view distant objects.

NASA warns: “Viewing any part of the bright Sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or telescope without a special-purpose solar filter installed in front of the optic will cause immediate and severe eye damage.”

Since the Sun is never completely covered during an annular solar eclipse, there is never a safe time to view it with the naked eye. If you plan to view or photograph Saturday’s solar eclipse, make sure your eyes are protected.

Solar eclipse glasses are thousands of times darker than regular sunglasses and are a safe way to view the eclipse. If you receive a pair before October 14th, please make sure they are undamaged and comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. Remember, even the darkest sunglasses are not enough.

Example of a solar eclipse projector made with white paper, tape, scissors and aluminum foil. (Image source: NASA)

If glasses aren’t an option, you can try indirect viewing methods, which will allow you to see the eclipse without staring at the sun. One example is to punch a hole in an index card and use the hole to project an image of the sun onto a nearby surface, making sure not to stare at the sun through the hole.

Finally, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun, which NASA warns can be very bright. While viewing the entire solar eclipse, you will likely be exposed to sunlight for several hours.

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