'Ring of Fire' annular eclipse visible to millions this Saturday
A dazzling celestial event, known as a "ring of fire" eclipse, will paint the skies from Oregon to Texas this Saturday, October 14.
This phenomenon occurs when the moon partially blocks the sun, leaving only a blazing ring of sunlight visible around the lunar disk. Referred to as an annular eclipse, this spectacle demands caution, with eclipse glasses essential to safely witness this natural wonder.
During an annular eclipse, the moon's distance from Earth prevents it from fully obscuring the sun, creating a stunning effect where a ring of sunlight frames the hollowed-out void. Although this eclipse offers a unique view, eclipse glasses remain a necessity.
The partial phase of the eclipse kicks off at 8:05 a.m. Pacific Time in Oregon, with angularity, the moment of maximum coverage, occurring at 9:15 a.m. and lasting for 4.5 minutes. The eclipse's journey continues through the Four Corners region, offering approximately 5 minutes of angularity in Albuquerque. The path then crosses Texas, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Yucatan Peninsula.
For those without eclipse glasses, NASA provides online instructions to construct a "pinhole projector," allowing everyone to enjoy the eclipse safely. Additionally, keen observers might notice eclipse-shaped shadows cast by gaps between leaves on trees.
However, this eclipse serves as a warm-up to the main event on April 8, 2024, when a total solar eclipse will sweep across the skies.
Disclaimer: Remember to exercise caution and follow proper safety guidelines while observing solar eclipses.