Everything you must know about the Saturday celestial spectacle that will be seen from some US states
What is a total eclipse with annulus?
The annular solar eclipse, which happens when the crescent moon passes across the sun and planet while at its furthest point from Earth, will not completely cover the sun, unlike the total solar eclipse.
Although the moon is more distant from Earth than the sun, it seems smaller and does not entirely obscure the star, according to the US science agency Nasa. This gives the sky a “ring of fire” appearance.
Where can I see the ring of fire?
The “path of annularity” between Texas and Oregon provides prime viewing for the celestial phenomenon. Along the Oregon coast, the event will start at 9.13 a.m. PT and end in Houston at just before noon.
The mainland US will experience a partial solar eclipse, but people beyond the path of the eclipse won’t be able to view the ring of fire.
The 2017 total solar eclipse was best viewed in Oregon, and the state is getting ready for more astronomy enthusiasts. The camping areas of the state’s several state parks, including Shore Acres State Park and Dexter State Recreation Site, are anticipated to be full as the eclipse first becomes visible along the state’s coastline.
On the route to a complete view of the circle of fire lies Albuquerque, New Mexico. The city’s open-space Visitor Center offers public viewing possibilities.
The biggest US city in the line of the eclipse, San Antonio, has set up multiple viewing areas around the city and is providing locals and visitors with special eye protection at public libraries. The referred to as Alamo city stated in a news statement that “the partial eclipsed will start at 10.23am & reach maximum coverage at 11.54am.”
Although the circle of fire effect won’t be visible there, some parts of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Alaska will get to experience the eclipse partially. Mexico along with other central and southern American nations can see the ring of fire if they go further south.
Getting ready for the eclipse
Even in the case of a partial eclipse, sunglasses are insufficient for protecting the eyes. NASA advises anyone hoping to see the eclipse to use proper eye protection and to avoid making the same error Donald Trump did in 2017 by staring straight at the sun.