What is the 'Ring of Fire' eclipse coming in October 2023?

What is the 'Ring of Fire' eclipse coming in October 2023?

Next month an annular solar eclipse, sometimes called a 'ring of fire' eclipse, will be visible to millions of people across North, Central and South America. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from Earth, and its apparent size is smaller than the Sun. Accordingly, the moon doesn’t completely cover the sun during annularity, resulting in the blazing sun forming a ring of fire around the moon.  On October 14 2023, this incredible sight can be seen again by millions of people in the western hemisphere!  Here is a photo from the annular eclipse on May 20 2012:

ring of fire eclipse photograph


Can the 'ring of fire' be seen from everywhere?

This amazing effect is visible only to those in the path of annularity, which is the path that the moon's shadow traces on earth during an annular solar eclipse.  The following U.S. states include territory from which the ring of fire will be visible: Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.  Don't worry if you aren't in the full path!  A partial eclipse will be visible at varying levels of obscuration across the entire United States.  Review this map to determine how much of the sun's area will be covered by the Moon from your location:

map of north america showing eclipse obscuration; graphic credit to Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com


Even those outside the path will have a specticle to behold.  To safely view from anywhere, it's important to use eclipse glasses!  We are an AAS-verified supplier of certified ISO eclipse viewing glasses.  Buy today before we are sold out, and don't miss the ring of fire eclipse for yourself!

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