On October 14, 2023, a rare annular solar eclipse will be visible in a narrow path across the United States, from Oregon to Texas. The eclipse will also be partially visible across all 48 contiguous states.

NASA will be providing a live broadcast of the eclipse, starting at 9:00 AM PDT. The broadcast will feature commentary from NASA scientists and live views from multiple locations across the country.

What is an annular solar eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun, but appears too small to completely cover the Sun's surface. This leaves a bright ring of sunlight visible around the Moon.

Annular solar eclipses are much less common than total solar eclipses. The next annular solar eclipse visible from the United States will not occur until 2029.

How to watch the eclipse safely

It is important to never look directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse. Doing so can cause serious damage to your eyes.

To safely watch the eclipse, you must use special eclipse glasses or a solar filter. Eclipse glasses and solar filters can be purchased from a variety of retailers, including online retailers and astronomy stores.

You can also safely watch the eclipse by projecting an image of the Sun onto a screen. To do this, you will need a telescope or binoculars with a solar filter, and a white screen.

Where to watch the eclipse

The path of the annular solar eclipse will cross the United States in a narrow band, from Oregon to Texas. The eclipse will be visible from a number of major cities, including Albuquerque, New Mexico; San Antonio, Texas; and Portland, Oregon.

If you live outside of the path of the annular solar eclipse, you can still watch the eclipse partially. To do this, you can find a local astronomy club or observatory that will be hosting a viewing event.

What to expect

The annular solar eclipse will begin with the Moon partially covering the Sun. As the Moon continues to move in front of the Sun, the Sun will appear to get smaller and smaller.

At the peak of the eclipse, the Moon will completely cover the center of the Sun, leaving a bright ring of sunlight visible around the Moon. This phase of the eclipse will last for only a few minutes.

After the peak of the eclipse, the Moon will continue to move away from the Sun, and the Sun will appear to get larger and larger. The eclipse will end with the Moon completely passing in front of the Sun.

Conclusion

The annular solar eclipse of 2023 is a rare and spectacular event. If you have the opportunity to see it, be sure to take advantage of it.

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