Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 14, 2023, as a spectacular celestial event is set to take place in Odessa, Texas. This annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. This eclipse will be visible for millions of people in the Western Hemisphere. This eclipse is often referred to as the "ring of fire" eclipse and will grace the skies of Odessa. The city's fortunate location near the eclipse centerline means that residents and visitors can expect an extended duration of annularity.
10:18 AM • Start of Partial Eclipse
11:43 AM • Start of Annular Solar Eclipse
11:45 AM • Maximum Eclipse
11:48 AM • End of Annular Eclipse
1:21 PM • End of Partial Eclipse
Duration of Annularity • 4min 49sec
Obscuration at Maximum • 89.8%
This Annular Solar Eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, but when it is at or near its farthest point from earth. Since the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears small than the sun and does not completely cover the sun.
It is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specializied eye protection designed for solar viewing. Viewing any part of the bright sun through a camera lens, binoculars, or a telescope without a special-purpose solar filter secured over the front of the optics will instantly cause eye injury.
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