Starting on October 13, the annular solar eclipse will make its way across eight states.
From overlapping meteor showers to a series of supermoons, summer has been a spectacular season for space lovers. And with fall just around the corner, stargazers are in for more incredible celestial events. On October 14, a rare annular solar eclipse will be visible from eight states in the United States.
Also known as the “ring of fire,” an annular solar eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse, according to LiveScience.com. The rare phenomenon occurs when the moon appears to cross the sun while being slightly farther from the earth in its elliptical orbit—resulting in a blacked-out circle and fiery rim (hence the name!).
For the first time ever, this type of eclipse will be visible in North America. The eclipse begins on October 13 in Oregon and crosses through Northern California, Nevada, Utah, northeastern Arizona, southwestern Colorado, and New Mexico before it ends in Texas on October 14. From there, it will travel to Central America and South America, NASA reports.
To view the eclipse, stargazers must be in the 125 mile path of annularity. If you’re not on the path (which stretches from Oregon to Texas) you’ll only see a partial eclipse. The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer the ring of fire will last. During this year’s annular solar eclipse, the moon will cover up 91 percent of the sun. Viewers of the ring of fire should wear eclipse glasses during the entirety of the event.