2023 OCT 14 The Ring of Fire begins to darken the skies across the United States.

RARE ASTRONOMICAL EVENT

ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE aka 'Ring of Fire'

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An Annular of 'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Will Take Place on 10-14-2023.

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A rare astronomical event called an annular or ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse took place on Saturday, October 14th.

Communally known as (“ring of fire” eclipse) takes place when the moon appears slightly smaller than it does during a normal eclipse when it passes in front of the sun.

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VOA (Voice of America) News published “The Ring of Fire begins to darken the skies across the United States.”

From ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

First came the darkening skies, then the crescent-shaped shadows on the ground, and finally an eruption of cheers by crowds that gathered Saturday along the narrow path of a rare "ring of fire" eclipse of the sun.

It was a spectacular show for some parts of the western United States as the moon moved into place and the ring formed.

Unlike a total solar eclipse, the moon doesn't completely cover the sun during a ring of fire eclipse. When the moon lines up between Earth and the sun, it leaves a bright, blazing border.


Saturday's path:

America: Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas in the U.S., with a sliver of California, Arizona and Colorado.

Next: Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Brazil.

Much of the rest of the Western Hemisphere gets a partial eclipse.

"As the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, it casts its shadow on our planet. In a very real sense, solar eclipses are 'made in the shade' of the moon," said Shawn Laatsch, director of the Versant Power Astronomy and the Maynard Jordan Planetarium.


"As the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, it casts its shadow on our planet. In a very real sense, solar eclipses are 'made in the shade' of the moon," said Shawn Laatsch, director of the Versant Power Astronomy and the Maynard Jordan Planetarium.

Brazil's Pedra da Boca state park, known for its rocky outcrops for climbing and rappelling was expecting crowds.

The entire eclipse — from the moment the moon starts to obscure the sun until it's back to normal — is 2 1/2 to three hours at any given spot. The ring of fire portion lasts from three to five minutes, depending on location.


LOOKING AHEAD: 2024, 2026 & 2039

Mark Your Calendar Make Your Plan for Next Years solar eclipses.

2024 North America: Next April, a total solar eclipse will crisscross the U.S. in the opposite direction. That one will begin in Mexico and go from Texas to New England before ending in eastern Canada.

2024 South America: The next ring of fire eclipse is in October next year at the southernmost tip of South America.

2026 Antarctica:

2039 North America: It will be 2039 before another ring of fire is visible in the U.S., and Alaska will be the only state in its direct path.


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