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On October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. This eclipse will be visible for millions of people in the Western Hemisphere. (Photo: NASA/Bill Dunford)
An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the star. This creates a “ring of fire” effect in the sky.Learn More at NASA.gov
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the annular eclipse will begin in the United States, traveling from the coast of Oregon to the Texas Gulf Coast. Weather permitting, the annular eclipse will be visible in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as some parts of California, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona. Prime viewing of the annular eclipse in Reno, Nevada will occur at approximately 9:21am.NASA Eclipse Explorer
During an annular solar eclipse, the Sun is never completely blocked by the Moon. Therefore, it is not safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing such as eclipse viewing glasses or a handheld solar viewer. A variety of eclipse viewing glasses are available for purchase in The Discovery’s Museum Store.Museum Store Details
View the 2023 annular solar eclipse from The Discovery and take part in a variety of eclipse related activities designed to make the most of this unique event.