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Solar Eclipses: Annular Eclipse, October 14, 2023

This guide provides the resources, both print and online, for the recreational and safe viewing of solar eclipses. Browse the resources below or check the shelves at your Delaware Public Library in the following area: 523.78

Annular Eclipse

An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes dead center in front of the sun but, because the moon’s orbit is elliptical and so is sometimes closer and sometimes further from Earth, it appears too small to fully cover the disk of the sun.

Hinode Captures an Annular Eclipse

Hinode Captures an Annular Eclipse. An annular solar eclipse creates a "ring of fire" around the Moon, similar to that seen in this image taken by JAXA/NASA Hinode spacecraft. Courtesy  


Path of the Solar Eclipse, October 14, 2023

On October 14, 2023, the Moon will pass directly between Earth and the Sun. It will not quite completely cover the solar disk, instead turning it into a thin "ring of fire." This annular (Latin for ring-shaped) eclipse will be visible within a roughly 125-mile-wide path from Oregon to Texas and on into Mexico, Central America, and South America. Again, North Americans outside the path will be treated to a partial solar eclipse if the weather cooperates.

The path of annularity across the United States.

The path of annularity across the United States.

Annular eclipse

Graphic courtesy of the Rice Space Institute