Moon Will Pass in Front of Sun on Oct 14th
Annular Solar Eclipse to Grace the Skies of North America, Including Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas on October 14, 2023
An annular solar eclipse will occur on October 14, 2023, and will be visible across North America, Central America, and most of South America. The path of totality, where the Moon will completely cover the Sun, will stretch from southern Mexico to northern Canada. The maximum eclipse will occur at 10:53 AM EDT (14:53 UTC), when the Moon will be 99.4% of the size of the Sun.
The states that may see totality or close to it are:
- New Mexico
In these states, the Sun will appear as a ring of fire around the Moon. The width of the path of totality will be about 115 miles (185 kilometers).
If you are in any of these states, you will need to be in the path of totality to see the Sun completely covered by the Moon. If you are not in the path of totality, you will still be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The amount of the Sun that is covered by the Moon will depend on your location. The further you are from the path of totality, the less of the Sun will be covered.
No matter where you are, it is important to be safe when viewing the annular solar eclipse. Never look directly at the Sun, even during a partial eclipse. Always use special solar eclipse glasses or a solar filter to protect your eyes.
You can find more information about the annular solar eclipse of October 14, 2023, at the following websites:
- NASA Eclipse Website: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/solar.html
- American Astronomical Society Eclipse Website: https://eclipse.aas.org/eclipse-america-2023-2024
*Image sourced from NASA