In just a few days, one of the most exciting astronomy events of the year will take place. On Saturday, October 14, 2023, people across the Americas will have the opportunity to witness a “ring of fire” eclipse. This phenomenon occurs when the Moon is at its furthest point from Earth, creating a halo of light around the Sun.
Those living in southwestern states of the U.S. will be the luckiest ones, as the path of totality will cross parts of Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas. However, people in other states will still be able to witness a partial eclipse, which is equally breathtaking. The path of annularity will also cross places like the Yucatán peninsula in Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and northern Brazil.
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, millions of people across the Americas will get to experience a “ring of fire” eclipse.
Unlike total solar eclipses, this marvelous phenomenon takes place when the Moon is ant its furthest point from Earth, which prevents it from covering all of the Sun, creating a luminous halo.
But before you marvel at this spectacular event, it’s important to take some precautions. Since this is an annular eclipse, the Sun will never be fully covered, which means it’s not safe to look directly at it at any stage of the eclipse. The best option is to get certified solar glasses. You can refer to the list of reliable sellers of solar filters put together by the American Astronomical Society to get your hands on a pair of authentic glasses.