A rare celestial spectacle appears over Colorado on the second Saturday in October. It is the first eclipse to be seen in Colorado in the past six years. This time it is an annular solar eclipse and not a total eclipse.
This creates a “ring of fire” effect in a solar eclipse.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, but when it is at or near its furthest point from the Earth. The sun, moon and earth are perfectly aligned. As a result, the Moon will cover slightly less real estate. As a result, the Moon does not completely cover the Sun. So what you have is a dark disk on top of the larger, bright disk. This creates the ring around the moon.
The only problem this time, if you live in Colorado, is that you may have to drive to the Four Corners area to catch a glimpse of the total eclipse. The trail runs from Albuquerque to southern Oregon.
The October eclipse will be on Saturday, October 14. Starting at 9:11 am. Reaching totality over southwest Colorado at 10:33 a.m.
In the Denver metro area, what is called a “partial solar eclipse” will occur. This means that the sun, moon, and Earth are not perfectly lined up, as if they would be above the four-corner area. So in Denver the total view will be about 84% at 10:36 AM. Departure at 9:14 am.
Only part of the sun will appear covered, giving it a crescent shape. During a total or annular solar eclipse, people outside the area covered by the Moon’s inner shadow see a partial solar eclipse.
A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely obscures the face of the sun and when the moon is closest to the Earth or closest to perigee.
The sky can darken as if it is dawn or dusk and the sun’s corona is visible. The next total solar eclipse in the United States will occur on April 8, 2024. Most of our states will not be able to see 100 percent of next year’s solar eclipse. Coverage is expected to be only about 60 to 70%. You may have to drive to Dallas to see the 100 percent full event.
Be safe! It is never safe to look directly into the sun’s rays – even if the sun is partially obscured. When viewing a partial eclipse you should wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun, or use an alternative indirect method.
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