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Annular Solar Eclipse

#1 Post by PHXPhlyer » Sat Oct 14, 2023 3:41 pm

‘Ring of fire’ eclipse promises a celestial celebration

https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/14/world/ce ... index.html



Eclipses have entranced and mystified humans for millennia.

In records kept by Chinese astronomers more than 4,000 years ago, people would bang on pans during an eclipse to scare away the dragon that was trying to eat the sun.

Now, we know when the moon will move across the face of the sun, temporarily blocking its light and creating a spectacle as it drapes part of our planet in darkness.

But we still can’t help but be transfixed by the sight.

The celestial phenomenon is one that unites us as we stop to gaze in awe while the central force of our solar system dances out of view and the moon seemingly takes a bite out of our star.

After all, it’s not often that millions of people have a reason to come together in the celebration of wonder.

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A "ring of fire" can be seen around the moon during an annular eclipse visible from Chiayi in southern Taiwan on June 21, 2020.
A "ring of fire" can be seen around the moon during an annular eclipse visible from Chiayi in southern Taiwan on June 21, 2020.
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Saturday’s annular solar eclipse will create a dazzling “ring of fire” across the Americas.

It will begin in the United States at 9:13 a.m. PT (12:13 p.m. ET) and pass from Oregon to Texas’ Gulf Coast, appearing in Nevada, Utah and New Mexico en route. The eclipse will also be visible in parts of California, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona before finishing up in the US at 12:03 p.m. CT (1:03 p.m. ET).

After leaving the States, the eclipse will cross Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Panama and Colombia before ending off South America’s Atlantic coast at Natal, Brazil.

Make sure you have certified eclipse glasses or solar viewers, and check out our tips to safely take in every aspect of the annular or partial eclipse, depending on where you are.

Clouds may spoil the view for some, and the eclipse may even affect the weather, but never fear: NASA will share live streams from multiple locations within the path of the annular eclipse.

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Re: Annular Solar Eclipse

#2 Post by llondel » Sat Oct 14, 2023 3:44 pm

I usually associate "Ring of Fire" with a good curry.

On the plus side, only scattered clouds this morning, so we'll have a good view.

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#3 Post by PHXPhlyer » Sat Oct 14, 2023 4:52 pm

Eerie

Just past max coverage here. Guessing ~50 %.
Light like moderately overcast day.
Used reflection off two tinted car windows which was just bearable.
Fortunately the light is coming back without any sacrifices having to be made. #:-S

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#4 Post by Karearea » Sat Oct 14, 2023 4:54 pm

I like seeing the odd patterns in shadows cast by tree-leaves during an eclipse, all little crescent-shapes.
"And to think that it's the same dear old Moon..."

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#5 Post by PHXPhlyer » Sat Oct 14, 2023 5:28 pm

Did not bother to try to acquire "Eclipse Glasses" or make pinhole viewing device for the event. [-X
I am a little miffed that I did not think of using my welding face mask though. #-o
Someone mentioned their use after the fact on NextDoor site. :((
Also there, someone mentioned the faded sunlight and (seriously) wondered what was happening. :-o =))

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#6 Post by OFSO » Tue Oct 17, 2023 9:12 pm

It's a good thing that in modern times we not longer have to sacrifice a virgin to get the sunlight restored.

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