Annular Solar Eclipse
🌞 🌑 🌎 October 14, 2023 😎 💍 🔥
Western USA, Central America, Colombia & Brazil
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring).
Photo Credit: Stefan Seip
In the USA, the annular solar eclipse begins in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT
and ends in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT.
The maximum duration is 5 minutes 17 seconds.
The maximum band is 116 mi (187 km).
On October 14, 2023, the Moon will again pass directly between Earth and the Sun — but this time it will not quite completely cover the solar disk, instead turning it into a thin “ring of fire.”
This annular (Latin for ring-shaped) eclipse will be visible within a roughly 125-mile-wide path from Oregon to Texas and on into Mexico, Central America, and South America. Again, North Americans outside the path will be treated to a partial solar eclipse if the weather cooperates. (CREDIT: AAS)
This will be the second annular eclipse visible from Albuquerque in 11 years, where it crosses the path of the May 2012 eclipse.
The annular solar eclipse is part 1 of a double eclipse show for the USA!
Start making plans now to see this annular eclipse and the next total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. After that, you’ll have to travel, because you won’t see another one in the US until 2045!! Get to the path of totality in 2024, and hope for no clouds.
Occurring only 4.6 days after apogee (the point in the orbit of the Moon at which it is furthest from the Earth – October 10, 2023), the Moon’s apparent diameter will be smaller.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun’s, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region of the Earth thousands of kilometers or miles wide.
- Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
- Gamma: 0.3753
- Magnitude: 0.952
- Saros: 134 (44 of 71)
- Greatest eclipse: 18:00:41
- Max. width of band: 187 km (116 mi)
This animation shows the Moon’s shadows as it sweeps across a global map of Earth (an orthographic projection) for the October 14, 2023, annular eclipse.
The vantage point of the animation is seen from the Moon. The daylight hemisphere of Earth then faces the Moon and the lunar shadows appear perfectly circular with no distorted projection effects as they race across Earth.
The Moon’s antumbral shadow is the small black disk and tracks along the path of annularity (yellow strip). The much larger penumbral shadow is lightly shaded and outlined with a solid black edge. A partial eclipse is visible from within the penumbra, while an annular eclipse is visible inside the antumbra. Another consequence of this viewing geometry is that the Moon’s shadows move across the disk of Earth in a straight line.
On the upper left corner of the map is the type of eclipse and the eclipse date. To the upper right is the Universal Time. The lower left corner displays the instantaneous duration of annularity. To the lower right is the credit for the animation.
October 14, 2023 Annular Eclipse – When and where can you see it?
The eclipse starts at one location and ends at another. The times below are actual times (in UTC) when the eclipse occurs. (Credit: timeanddate.com)
|Event||UTC Time||Time in Washington DC*|
|The first location to see the partial eclipse begin||Oct 14 at 15:03:45||Oct 14 at 11:03:45 am|
|The first location to see the full eclipse begin||Oct 14 at 16:10:09||Oct 14 at 12:10:09 pm|
|Maximum Eclipse||Oct 14 at 17:59:27||Oct 14 at 1:59:27 pm|
|Last location to see the full eclipse end||Oct 14 at 19:48:56||Oct 14 at 3:48:56 pm|
|Last location to see the partial eclipse end||Oct 14 at 20:55:11||Oct 14 at 4:55:11 pm|
* These local times do not refer to a specific location but indicate the beginning, peak, and end of the eclipse on a global scale, with each line referring to a different location. Please note that the local times for Washington DC are meant as a guideline in case you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam. They do not mean that the eclipse is necessarily visible there.
When the Eclipse Happens at Specific Locations — Timeline
A few select locations within the path of annularity. The eclipse begins and ends as a partial eclipse. The beginning, maximum, and end of annularity are listed between the partial phases. Credit: NASA
|Location||Partial Eclipse Begins||Annularity Begins||Maximum||Annularity Ends||Partial Eclipse Ends|
|Eugene, Oregon||8:06 a.m. PDT||9:16 a.m. PDT||9:18 a.m. PDT||9:20 a.m. PDT||10:39 a.m. PDT|
|Alturas, California||8:05 a.m. PDT||9:19 a.m. PDT||9:20 a.m. PDT||9:21 a.m. PDT||10:43 a.m. PDT|
|Battle Mountain, Nevada||8:06 a.m. PDT||9:21 a.m. PDT||9:23 a.m. PDT||9:25 a.m. PDT||10:48 a.m. PDT|
|Richfield, Utah||9:09 a.m. MDT||10:26 a.m. MDT||10:28 a.m. MDT||10:31 a.m. MDT||11:56 a.m. MDT|
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||9:13 a.m. MDT||10:34 a.m. MDT||10:35 a.m. MDT||10:39 a.m. MDT||12:09 p.m. MDT|
|San Antonio, Texas||10:23 a.m. CDT||11:52 a.m. CDT||11:54 a.m. CDT||11:56 a.m. CDT||1:33 p.m. CDT|
Annular solar eclipse of October 14, 2023
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