As we prepare for the Great North American Eclipse on April 8, 2024, we mustn’t forget that Perry County, including 49 continental U.S. states will experience at least a partial eclipse, as will most of Canada and all countries in Central and South America this year, on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
This celestial event will give eclipse chasers the opportunity to witness the Ring of Fire for those within its path. Starting in Oregon midmorning at 9:03 am Pacific Time and exiting out Texas by 12:03 pm Central Time. To be within its 125-mile-wide path you must travel to Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, or Texas.
But don’t be discouraged if you can’t travel as many in the U.S. will not. Although, Annular Solar Eclipses are exciting they do not have the “WOW” factor that a Total Solar Eclipse has sparking worldwide travel.
The inner black circle, the umbra, is where the Moon appears completely within the Sun’s disk. The outer shadow circle, the penumbra, shows a partial eclipse. The partial eclipse will be slight near the outer circle, meaning less percentage viewed and deep near the path of annularity will see a larger percentage.
In a deep partial eclipse, the sky will cool, and sunlight will take on an eerie quality. During an annular solar eclipse, the apparent size of the Moon’s disk is slightly smaller than the apparent size of the Sun’s disk. Therefore, only the outer edge of the Sun remains visible, and the Sun appears as a brilliant ring if you are inside the path.
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