On October 14th, the skies will showcase an annular solar eclipse, with NASA providing viewing details. Beginning at 9:13 am PDT in Oregon, this eclipse will pass through multiple U.S. states, then move across parts of Mexico, Central, and South America, ending in the Atlantic at sunset. While the sun will be most obscured along this path, a broad area of the Americas will experience this astral display.
The moon will nearly mask the sun during the eclipse due to its closeness, not size. The moon’s diameter is 2,159 miles, whereas the sun spans 865,000 miles. Earth measures 7,918 miles in diameter, and the unique view of the eclipse stems from the moon’s proximity to our planet.
It’s vital to prioritize safety during this eclipse. Directly watching without specialized protection can harm the eyes. Because annular eclipses never fully block the sun, they are continuously unsafe for bare-eye viewing. Avoid using devices like cameras or binoculars without solar filters. Proper viewing requires solar glasses or a specific solar viewer. Regular sunglasses won’t suffice.
Lastly, it’s crucial to understand the difference between solar and lunar eclipses. Lunar eclipses happen when Earth’s shadow falls on the moon, making it look dim or reddish. They can be seen from a larger part of Earth than solar eclipses.