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'Ring Of Fire' Solar Eclipse To Appear on October 14, Here's Everything You Should Know

The moon will be positioned in front of the sun, hiding much of it but leaving a brilliant ring or annulus on October 14.

Vivek Singh
Ring of Fire to be seen on October 14
Ring of Fire to be seen on October 14

The annular Solar Eclipse will happen tomorrow, Saturday, October 14, 2023, taking place shortly after the moon reaches its farthest distance from Earth, which is approximately 4.6 days prior. According to NASA, the eclipse will commence in Oregon at 9.13 am (Pacific Daylight Time - PDT) and conclude in Texas at 12.03 pm (Central Daylight Time - CDT). 

A partial "Ring of Fire" solar eclipse, not seen since 2012, will occur when the moon partially obscures the sun, forming a striking ring. This spectacle will be visible across America, including the United States, Mexico, and parts of South and Central America, offering millions a chance to witness this awe-inspiring event. NASA's Peg Luce described it as an opportunity for people to experience the wonder of a beautiful ring of fire eclipse.

What is an Annual Solar Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is positioned at its farthest point from Earth, creating a "ring of fire" effect as it doesn't completely cover the sun. Total solar eclipses, on the other hand, happen when the Moon appears as large as the sun due to its proximity to Earth. To witness an annular eclipse, the Moon must be in the new Moon phase and positioned far from Earth. This annular eclipse will be visible from the coast of Oregon to the Texas Gulf Coast, with observation opportunities in several U.S. states and across Mexico, Central America, and South America, lasting around four to five minutes in the U.S on October 14.

How to See October's Ring of Fire in India?

The "ring of fire" solar eclipse won't be observable in India, but individuals in India and around the globe can tune in to the official NASA broadcast on their YouTube channel. The broadcast is scheduled to commence at 4:30 p.m. on October 14, 2023, offering a way for people to watch the eclipse remotely.

October's Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse Precautions 

During an annular solar eclipse, the Sun is never entirely obscured by the Moon, so it's crucial to never gaze directly at the Sun without proper eye protection designed for solar viewing. To safeguard their eyes from permanent damage, individuals should utilize eclipse glasses, which are significantly darker than regular glasses and must bear the ISO reference number 12312-2, according to NASA's guidance.

It is also unadvisable to view the Sun through cameras, telescopes, binoculars, or similar optical devices, as this can damage both the filter and one's eyes. An alternative method for observing the eclipse is by employing a pinhole projector.

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