Every year we witness 4 eclipses; 2 each of Solar and Lunar eclipses. After the Solar eclipse of April and the Lunar eclipse of May, it’s time to witness the Annular Solar Eclipse on 14th October 2023. It shall be followed by a Lunar Eclipse on the 28th of October.
What makes this Solar eclipse special is its ‘Ring of Fire’ appearance which is a delight for Astronomers and space enthusiasts. A solar eclipse happens when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth in a straight line. The Moon is at the farthest point from the Earth and this is the reason it appears small enough to not cover the Sun completely. Hence a special and extraordinary ring is formed.
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Visibility around the World
The Rings of this Annular solar eclipse of 2023 shall be witnessed only in the Americas. It includes places like the United States, Southern America, Central America, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Texas, California etc.
Visibility in India and Nepal
Unfortunately, for the people in India, Nepal and the entire Asia, the eclipse won’t be visible. But, there’s always a solution to a problem. You can always watch the live stream of the Eclipse in the comfort of your house without concern about safety.
Since we won’t be able to witness this historic celestial event in India and Nepal, the Sutak Kaal will not be applicable.
Details of the Eclipse in October 2023
Here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Solar Eclipse in 2023;
|Date of Eclipse||14th October 2023|
|Time of Eclipse start||9:13 A.M. PDT in Oregon, US [4:10 UTC]|
|Time of Eclipse end||12:46 P.M. PDT on the Atlantic coast (3:46 P.M. ET)|
|Duration of eclipse||Approx 2 hours 45 minutes depending on location|
|Duration of Annualarity||4 minutes 29 seconds (Approx)|
|Major locations||United States, Southern America, Central America, Brazil, Mexico|
|Visibility in India||Not visible|
|Visibility in Nepal||Not Visible|
|Previous Eclipse||Lunar eclipse of 5th May 2023|
|Next lunar eclipse 2023||Partial Lunar Eclipse on 28 October 2023|
|Next solar eclipse||Total Solar Eclipse on 8th April, 2024|
|Next Annular solar eclipse||2nd October 2024|
|Live stream of the eclipse||Time and Date Live Stream|
Safety during Eclipse
It is never safe to see the Sun with the naked eye and even though it’s an Annular solar eclipse, the Sun is still not covered completely. Hence, it is advisable to not see the Sun during Eclipse. Here are some safety measures that we can follow during an eclipse to stay safe;
- All sorts of activities including eating are assumed to be avoided during eclipses.
- Avoid using binoculars, telescopes and other optical instruments to gaze at the eclipse. It can cause serious injuries.
- Ensure the use of proper solar filters and check for damages before using them.
- Wear sunglasses and skin protection creams to avoid sunburns.
- Special eclipse glasses, welder’s goggles or a Pinhole projector can be the ideal solution to your eclipse craze.