Mark your calendars for Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, as North America prepares for a celestial extravaganza—the annular solar eclipse. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the intricacies of this rare event, covering how, when, and where to witness it. This is your chance to experience the captivating “ring of fire” as the moon takes center stage between the Earth and the sun. NASA has also released an interactive map where you can track the annual solar eclipse of 2023

The annular solar eclipse is set to traverse North, Central, and South America. Image credit goes to and Michael Zeiler of

 Understanding the Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse is a captivating celestial event that occurs when the moon positions itself directly in front of the sun but appears slightly smaller. Consequently, it leaves the outer edges of the sun visible, creating a mesmerizing “ring of fire” effect. This stands in contrast to total solar eclipses, where the moon completely obscures the sun.

Where and When to Catch the Annular Solar Eclipse 2023

This spectacular phenomenon will be visible from a specific region in North America, spanning eight U.S. states from Oregon to Texas. NASA draws parallels between this eclipse and one that occurred on May 20, 2012. The path of annularity, where the “ring of fire” will be at its peak, extends from Oregon through Texas and beyond.

This map illustrates the extent to which the moon will obscure the sun based on your location during the annular solar eclipse occurring on October 14, 2023. The image is sourced from

 Impact on Navajo Tribal Parks

In September 2023, it was announced that all Navajo Tribal Parks would be temporarily closed from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. MDT on October 14, 2023. This closure is rooted in Navajo cultural beliefs tied to the eclipse. It includes iconic sites such as Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Four Corners Monument Navajo Tribal Park, and portions of the Tséyi’ Diné Heritage Area within Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Local businesses may also adhere to this closure, so plan your eclipse-viewing trip accordingly.

 Prime Eclipse-Viewing Locations

To witness the full splendor of the “ring of fire” during the annular solar eclipse, selecting the right location is paramount. Below is a list of prime viewing locations, complete with eclipse timing and duration:

Location    Time of EclipseDuration 
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
Lava Beds National Monument, California       9:19 a.m. PDT   54 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
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah              10:27 a.m. MDT 4 minutes, 37 seconds
Canyonlands National Park, Utah               10:29 a.m. MDT 2 minutes, 24 seconds
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah        10:29 a.m. MDT  4 minutes, 29 seconds
Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado            10:31 a.m. MDT  2 minutes, 57 seconds
Chaco Culture National Park, New Mexico        10:32 a.m. MDT  4 minutes, 42 seconds
Albuquerque, New Mexico                       10:34 a.m. MDT  4 minutes, 42 seconds
San Antonio                                   11:52 a.m. CDT 4 minutes, 5 seconds 
Corpus Christi, Texas                         11:55 a.m. CDT 4 minutes, 52 seconds
Padre Island National Seashore, Texas         11:56 a.m. CDT  4 minutes, 52 seconds
Edzná Maya archaeological site, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico11:23 a.m. CST 4 minutes, 32 seconds
a systematic representation with time and duration

These locations offer varying durations of the “ring of fire” and promise a unique perspective on this celestial marvel.

 Weather Watch

While selecting the perfect location is essential, monitoring the weather is equally critical. Clear skies are indispensable for a successful eclipse-viewing experience. We recommend keeping an eye on local weather forecasts and being flexible with your location based on short-term weather conditions.

 Eclipse Chasers’ Delight

While some enthusiasts will position themselves along the path of annularity, others may opt for a more dramatic albeit shorter spectacle. Experienced eclipse chasers often head to the northern edge of the eclipse’s path, at locations like Dolores, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the “Baily’s beads” ring around the moon during the annularity phase, a sight that adds a touch of drama to the event.

 Partial Solar Eclipse in Major U.S. Cities

While the “ring of fire” will grace select locations, major U.S. cities will experience a partial solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023. Here’s a quick overview of what the 10 largest cities in the U.S. can anticipate:

CityEclipse Magnitude
New York        23% at 1:22 p.m. EDT
Los Angeles     71% at 9:24 a.m. PDT
Chicago43% at 11:58 a.m. CDT
Houston  85% at 11:58 a.m. CDT
Phoenix79% at 9:31 a.m. MST
Philadelphia25% at 1:21 p.m. EDT
San Antonio     Ring of fire” at 11:52 a.m. CDT
San Diego        68% at 9:26 PDT
 Dallas          80% at 11:52 a.m. CDT
San Jose, California75% at 9:20 a.m. PDT
Partial Solar Eclipse in Major U.S. Cities

For your safety, always use solar filters when viewing the eclipse, regardless of whether it’s partial or annular.

Upcoming Eclipse Adventures

credit: great American

Following the annular solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, eclipse enthusiasts can look forward to another celestial treat on Oct. 2, 2024. During this event, a “ring of fire” will grace the Pacific Ocean, southern Chile, and southern Argentina. The point of greatest eclipse will offer a stunning spectacle lasting 7 minutes and 25 seconds. Easter Island (Rapa Nui), situated about 2,000 miles off the western coast of Chile, will be the ideal location to witness this event among its ancient moai statues, promising a ring of fire lasting up to 6 minutes and 9 seconds.

In conclusion, the annular solar eclipse of 2023 is a cosmic phenomenon that should not be missed. Whether you’re within the path of annularity or observing from a major city, this rare event offers a unique glimpse into the wonders of our universe. Prioritize safety and stay tuned to weather updates for an unforgettable eclipse experience.

Explore further.

If you’re interested in looking into the future, you can discover a brief overview of solar eclipses up to the year 2030 on NASA’s Eclipse website. For more information on both solar and lunar eclipses, you can visit Eclipse Wise, a dedicated website for eclipse predictions. Additionally, you’ll find detailed maps on, created by eclipse cartographer Michael Zeiler, and interactive Google Maps on Xavier Jubier’s eclipse website. For climate and weather forecasts related to eclipses, you can turn to meteorologist Jay Anderson’s insights on

By Rishiranjan jha

Rishiranjan Jha: Skilled mechanical engineer with five years of experience in design. I'm captivated by the cosmos and have a keen interest in astronomy. Painting is my creative outlet, allowing me to connect with the universe. Engineering, astronomy, and art shape a well-rounded individual driven by exploration, imagination, and a love for the stars.

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