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Rare solar eclipse known as "ring of fire" to take place this month

A solar eclipse known as the "ring of fire" eclipse will cross over the Americas on Saturday, October 14, according to NASA. This will be the last annual solar eclipse visible from the U.S., until June 21, 2039.

What is an annual solar eclipse?

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.

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Most people in the Americas will be able to see at least a partial eclipse, but those from Oregon to Texas will have the best view.

On Oct. 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.

The annular eclipse will continue on to Central America, passing over Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and Panama. In South America, the eclipse will travel through Colombia before ending off the coast of Natal, Brazil, in the Atlantic Ocean.

The solar eclipse will pass over North, Central, and South America—down to the exact second. Check it out:

The annual solar eclipse in the U.S. will begin in Oregon at 9:13 p.m. It will end in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT.

During an annular eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Look for glasses certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

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