In October 2023, a special type of solar eclipse will occur across the United States, and New Mexico will have a front-row seat to the spectacle. NASA says that on Oct. 14, 2023, an annular eclipse will take place. This means that the moon will move in front of the sun while it is at its most distant point from earth. As a result, the moon will not block the sun completely, but leave a bright ring around it. This is also known as the “ring of fire” eclipse.
The annular eclipse will start in the northwest corner of New Mexico and end in the southeast part of the state. Some of the cities that will have the best view of the eclipse are Farmington, Albuquerque, Roswell, and Hobbs. They will see about 90% of the sun covered by the moon. Other areas in New Mexico will see about 80% of the sun covered by the moon.
If you are in Albuquerque, here are the times when you can see the full eclipse:
- The partial eclipse begins at 9:13 a.m MDT
- The annular eclipse begins at 10:34 a.m. MDT
- The maximum eclipse occurs at 10:35 a.m. MDT
- The annular eclipse ends at 10:39 a.m. MDT
- The partial eclipse ends at 12:09 a.m. MDT
How to watch the eclipse safely
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An annular eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse, where the moon blocks the sun completely and creates darkness. In an annular eclipse, the sun is still visible and can damage your eyes if you look at it directly.
Therefore, you need to use special glasses or filters to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays. Do not use sunglasses, binoculars, cameras, or telescopes without proper filters. You can also make a simple pinhole projector to project the image of the sun onto a paper or cardboard.
An annular eclipse is a rare and beautiful phenomenon that you don’t want to miss. Make sure you plan ahead and find a good spot to watch it safely and enjoyably.
Ring of fire eclipse map