There will be an annular solar eclipse, where the moon will partially block the sun during the day on Saturday, October 14, and there are a few things you need to know to view it safely.
According to NASA Astrophysicist Nicole Colon, these eclipses don’t occur that often in the U.S., and depending on where you’re located you may see what is referred to as a “ring of fire.”
It’s such an exciting time because these eclipses don’t happen that often that we can see here in the U.S.
And so, what we’re seeing is the moon blocking out, um, part of the sun, and… So, you’re going to see what looks like a moon taking a bite out of the sun.
Which is really just a fun experience to view.
…If you’re not in the path of what we call totality, what you can actually see is the moon block most of the light from the sun.
It doesn’t block everything because it’s just not quite at the right distance from the earth, but it will block most of it and you’ll see a bright ring of the sunlight still coming through and it looks like a ring of fire literally in the sky.
Nicole strongly suggests that you don’t look directly at the sun and don’t wear regular sunglasses to view the eclipse.
She advises you to obtain certified eclipse glasses that give you the right protection to view the sun correctly.
The eclipse glasses should be available at your local public library.
You do not want to wear regular sunglasses to view the sun.
Yeah, so you do want to protect your eyes. You don’t want to look directly at the sun.
And, so you can get certified eclipse glasses… And what you have with these glasses is they offer you the right protection to view the sun directly.
And you can access these glasses at places like your local public library, for example.
NASA Astrophysicist Nicole Colon also revealed that in April 2024, we will see a total solar eclipse.
…In April we will see a total solar eclipse. So the moon will completely block the sun.
Basically, day will turn into night immediately, and, uh, we will only see the whisky outer atmosphere of the sun at that point.
So it’s incredible how much difference a few percent makes when blocking the sun.
Watch the “Atlanta 11 Alive” news report on the annular solar eclipse below:
According to NASA, the eclipse will begin in Oregon around 9:13 a.m. PDT and end in Texas around 12:30 p.m. CDT.
Google what time the annular solar eclipse will be viewable in your area.
Enjoy, and don’t forget to get your solar eclipse glasses.