Skywatchers will be treated to an amazing skyshow on Saturday, October 14, when an Annular Solar Eclipse occurs. For the first time since 2012, the Solar Eclipse, often known as the ‘Ring of Fire,’ will be visible from most American cities.
This Eclipse is known as a ‘Ring of Fire’ because the Sun appears in a peculiar form as a result of the Moon partially obscuring it. A sparkling ring develops in the sky as the Moon moves between the Sun and the Earth, partially hiding the Sun.
An annular eclipse happens when the moon’s apparent size is smaller than that of the sun, causing the sun to seem ring-like.
It is worth noting that the annular Solar Eclipse on Saturday will be the last seen from the United States until June 21, 2039.
Date and Time of the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse
This annular Solar Eclipse will occur tomorrow, Saturday, October 14, 2023, only 4.6 days after the moon reaches apogee, its furthest point from Earth.
The Annular Solar Eclipse will begin at 9.13 a.m. (PDT) in Oregon, according to NASA. and terminate in Texas at 12.03 p.m. (CDT).
Where to see the Annular Solar Eclipse?
The Solar Eclipse will be seen from Oregon to Texas in a short path that traverses the United States. It will then traverse across sections of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil. According to HT, a partial solar eclipse will be observed from Alaska to Argentina.
Will India be able to see the ‘Ring of Fire’?
The Annular Solar Eclipse will not be seen in India tomorrow, but it will be viewable in the Western Hemisphere. So, if you live in India and want to see the spectacular ‘Ring of Fire,’ you may have to wait till the next one.