An annular solar eclipse will be visible from Oregon to Texas this fall, but you need to be at the right place at the right time to see it.
If you missed the total eclipse seen in 2017, the cosmos are about to align again in spectacular fashion with two different types of solar eclipses taking place over the U.S., just 177 days apart from each other.
The Annular Eclipse- October 2023
The first eclipse is an annular solar eclipse, and will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023 and will travel from Oregon, across the Western U.S. into Texas. In the U.S., the annular eclipse begins in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and ends in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the sun and the Earth, casting its shadow toward the planet. During the annular solar eclipse, a rim of extremely bright sun will be visible around the edges of the moon- nicknamed “the ring of fire”.
For the annular solar eclipse, the best viewing locations are directly in the center of the path of the eclipse. In these areas, viewers will get to see the moon perfectly symmetrical over the face of the sun. In areas closer to the edge of the path, the moon will appear off-center of the sun.
Protective eyewear is essential. Viewers must use solar glasses during the entire duration of the eclipse, as not using proper eye protection can cause permanent eye damage.
Cities that will get the best views include Corpus Christi and San Antonio, TX. Albuquerque, NM will be a prime viewing location, as the weather in New Mexico throughout October makes it one of the most appealing destinations for viewing the 2023 eclipse.
Four Corners Monument is the only place in the U.S. where four states intersect (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah), and folks who visit the tourist destination on Oct. 14, 2023, will be able to briefly stand in four states while also being aligned with the cosmos.
Bryce Canyon National Park in south-central Utah is one of the most popular national parks in the path of the 2023 eclipse, it’s about a 4 hour drive from Las Vegas. Arches National Park and Zion National Park are also a short drive away from where the height of the eclipse will be visible.
Crater Lake National Park and Eugene, OR will get great views of the annular eclipse as well.
Check out all the links and maps on the 2023 Annular solar eclipse from NASA, and the Great American Eclipse webpage.
The Total Solar Eclipse- April 2024
This event will be followed up by a total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, that will be visible over Mexico, the eastern U.S. and eastern Canada.
The duration of totality will be up to 4 minutes and 27 seconds, almost double that of The Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017.
During the total solar eclipse, the moon will completely block the face of the Sun and the sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk.
If you’ve not seen a total solar eclipse before, put it on your bucket list and mark this date! It is truly a breath-taking sight and you won’t regret traveling to see the Sun’s corona, while you stand in the shadow of the moon.
The major cities inside the path are Mazatlan, Torreon, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Montreal.
Plan ahead, as it’s going to be awhile before the U.S. sees another eclipse. In the contiguous United States, the next total solar eclipse that can be seen will be on August 23, 2044. There will likely be a lot of people traveling to see this total eclipse in 2024, and hotel pricing is already showing that.
Check out all the links and maps on the 2024 total solar eclipse from NASA, and the Great American Eclipse webpage.
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