The Sun will appear as a fiery ring of fire over the Americas on Saturday, October 14, when an annular solar eclipse sweeps across the continent.
The eclipse will be visible in several U.S. states, starting at 09:13 PDT (12:13 PM ET, 1613 GMT) and will pass through Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and finally Germany. Texas. The event was also visible from parts of California, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona before it entered the Gulf of Mexico.
After that, the eclipse will pass through Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Brazil. The 2023 annular solar eclipse will end at sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Which U.S. states can see October’s “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse?
The US space agency has Published interactive map An annular solar eclipse, which space enthusiasts can use to track the Ring of Fire, the space company summarizes for observers not in the path of the event Watch annular solar eclipse online. What can eclipse watchers expect to see, and how will the annular eclipse progress from region to region?
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There are three main types of solar eclipses.total eclipse Occurs when the moon completely blocks the face sun.An annular solar eclipse occurs in moon farther away Earth and obscures only part of the solar disk. Finally, a partial solar eclipse is when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are not perfectly aligned, so the moon’s disk only covers a portion of our star.
The October 14 event was an annular solar eclipse, which means the moon is far enough away from Earth that the sun will not be completely obscured, leaving a fiery golden ring around the dark lunar disk. This will happen gradually, with the partial eclipse phase marking the annular eclipse.
What are the stages of an annular solar eclipse?
During the first phase of a solar eclipse, the moon will begin to pass in front of the sun, beginning a partial solar eclipse.During this phase, the Moon’s dark disk will make the Sun appear as if it is being buffeted by a gradually enlarging bite mark from its illuminated surface.
Occurring about 1 hour and 20 minutes after the first contact begins, it marks the beginning of an annular solar eclipse or annularity. The moon has moved completely in front of the sun, and the light from the stars has begun to form a “ring of fire” around the moon. An interesting phenomenon that occurs during this phase is “Bailey’s beads,” which take the shape of arc-shaped droplets of light surrounding the edge of the moon. Bailey’s beads are caused by uneven edges of the moon, which are covered with mountains and valleys through which sunlight flows when the sun is obscured.
Phase Three: Maximum Solar Eclipse
At this time, the Moon completely covers the center of the Sun’s disk with a glowing ring of fire. The duration of the annularity depends on the viewing location along the eclipse’s path, but is usually between 4 and 5 minutes. For example, an eclipse observer in the Oregon Sandhills will see the Sun as a ring of fire for approximately 4 minutes and 29 seconds, while a sky observer in Corpus Christi, Texas will see the Sun for approximately 4 minutes and 52 seconds. Second.
The Moon will begin to move away from the Sun’s disk, ending the solar rings and beginning the second partial eclipse cycle. Skywatchers will once again have the opportunity to spot Bailey’s beads on the edge of the moon.
Finally, the Moon moves away from the Sun’s disk, no longer partially blocking the Sun, and ends the 2023 annular solar eclipse.
If you plan to watch any of these stages, the most important thing to consider is how to watch it safely. Looking directly at the sun anytime without adequate protection can cause eye damage, so those viewing the solar eclipse on Saturday should take precautions.
Sunglasses, no matter how dark they are, cannot protect your eyes from the effects of sunlight, so they are specially designed to solar eclipse glasses Need to be made of safe solar filter material. If skywatchers plan to use a telescope to view this event, special filters will be needed to ensure a safe viewing experience.
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A simple way to view an annular solar eclipse is by projecting an image of the Sun onto a card. This can be done by poking a small hole in the card with the tip of a pencil and facing it toward the sun. The second card should be placed in shadow approximately three to four feet behind the first card. This will allow you to see the projected image of the sun on the second card.
After the 2023 annular solar eclipse, astronomy enthusiasts in the United States will have the opportunity to see an annular solar eclipse Total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024As it sweeps across North America, skies darken over Mexico, the United States and Canada.