Update for 3:45 p.m. ET: The annular solar eclipse of 2023 has completed its pass over the United States and moved into parts of Central America and South America. Read our wrap to see amazing photos and videos.
The first U.S. location to experience the annular "ring of fire" stage of the eclipse will be Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT (12:13 p.m. EDT and 1613 GMT) on Oct. 14. Prior to that, the partial eclipse stage of the eclipse begins off the West Coast of the United States at 11:03 EDT (1503 GMT.)
The eclipse will then pass through seven other U.S. states before moving across the Gulf of Mexico and over Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Brazil, making the famous "ring of fire" visible to millions of people. You can watch the eclipse live online on Space.com, beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1630 GMT).
You can see the whole path of annularity including start and end times for different stages of the solar eclipse at each location in this interactive map created by French eclipse expert Xavier Jubier. NASA has also created a helpful interactive map for those interested in tracking the eclipse across the U.S. down to the last second and seeing what it will look like from select destinations along the route.
If you're not fortunate enough to be able to get to the path of annularity in person, you can watch the eclipse live here on Space.com courtesy of NASA — the livestream will start at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT). Keep up to date with the latest eclipse coverage with our annular eclipse live blog.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is positioned between the sun and Earth, and casts a shadow on our planet. The moon appears relatively small and does not cover the entire disk of the sun, leaving a thin outer ring commonly referred to as a "ring of fire."
Observers situated within the path of annularity — a 125-mile (200-kilometer) wide track — will experience the "ring of fire," while those just outside the path will see a partial solar eclipse where the moon appears to take a 'bite' out of the sun — pending clear skies of course!
|Location||Local time of 'ring of fire'||Duration of 'ring of fire'|
|Oregon Dunes, Oregon||9:15 a.m. PDT||4 minutes, 29 seconds|
|Crater Lake National Park, Oregon||9:17 a.m. PDT||4 minutes, 19 seconds|
|Great Basin National Park, Nevada||9:24 a.m. PDT||3 minutes, 46 seconds|
|Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah||10:27 a.m. MDT||2 minutes, 31 seconds|
|Canyonlands National Park, Utah||10:29 a.m. MDT||2 minutes, 24 seconds|
|Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado||10:31 a.m. MDT||2 minutes, 57 seconds|
|Albuquerque, New Mexico||10:34 a.m. MDT||4 minutes, 42 seconds|
|Corpus Christi, Texas||11:55 a.m. CDT||4 minutes, 52 seconds|
|Edzná Maya archaeological site, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico||11:23 a.m. CST||4 minutes, 32 seconds|
Observers in northeastern Arizona should note that all Navajo Tribal Parks will be closed from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. MDT on October 14, 2023, due to Navajo cultural beliefs. This includes Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park and parts of the Tséyi’ Diné Heritage Area in Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
REMEMBER to NEVER look directly at the sun. To view this solar eclipse safely you must use solar filters at all times. Whether your location will experience a partial solar eclipse or an annular solar eclipse, the dangers are the same. Observers will need to wear solar eclipse glasses, and cameras, telescopes and binoculars must have solar filters placed in front of their lenses at all times.
Our how to observe the sun safely guide tells you everything you need to know about safe solar observations.
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