Here is how to see the 2023 ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse in the US
A ‘ring of fire’ will appear over parts of the US when the moon passes between the sun and Earth during the 2023 annular solar eclipse. The cosmic event is scheduled for October 14, starting at 12:13 pm ET in Oregon and concluding three hours later in Texas. Only eight states will be in the path of the eclipse: Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. The annular eclipse also extends into Mexico, Central America, and South America. This will be the first time in 11 years that an annular solar eclipse has been visible in North America, previously seen over parts of the same eight states.
In an annular eclipse, the moon doesn’t completely block the sun due to its distance from Earth, creating a ring of light. A total eclipse, when the moon fully covers the sun, will occur in the US in 2024. This year’s annular eclipse will stretch from Oregon to Brazil, dimming light as the moon covers 90% of the sun. Eclipse watchers using glasses will witness a brilliant ring of sunlight. Michael Zeiler, an eclipse-chaser, recommends US National Parks in the ‘Four Corners’ area for clear viewing due to favorable weather conditions.
While the eight states are in the eclipse’s path, only certain areas will experience the full annular eclipse. The best spots in southern Oregon will be along the coast, and only the northeastern region of California will witness the eclipse. The path also crosses through southern Utah, southwest Colorado, northeastern Arizona, northwest to southeast New Mexico, and the same parts of Texas. Dr. Emily Drabek-Maunder, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, issued a warning about the dangers of looking directly at the Sun, even during a partial eclipse. ‘Never look at the Sun directly or use standard sunglasses, as it can cause serious and permanent eye damage,’ added Dr. Drabek-Maunder.
It is also unsafe to look at the sun through binoculars, telescopes, or a camera lens without specialist filters, so it is best to avoid attempting direct images. Instead, consider using a simple pinhole projector, solar eclipse viewing glasses (which can be purchased online), or special solar filters as viable alternatives. ‘You can make a projector by poking a small hole into a piece of card,’ said Dr. Drabek-Maunder. She added that you should hold the card up to the Sun so that it shines through the hole onto a piece of paper placed behind the card. ‘This will allow you to see the shape of the Sun projected onto the piece of paper and observe its shape changing as the Moon passes in front of the Sun.’ Read the full story: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-12453573/October-ring-fire-solar-eclipse-2023.html?ito=msngallery
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