when is the Next solar eclipse ? Annular solar eclipse


When is the next solar eclipse? 

A solar eclipse (Annular Solar Eclipse) is a phenomenon that occurs  when the moon behaves like a barrier to the planet Earth and the sun  in such a way that the shadow of the moon falls on the planet earth. This phenomenon can be seen only on the new moon day. The query is , When is the next solar eclipse

The  Next Solar eclipse will be a "Ring of Fire" solar eclipse on 14th of October, 2023 and that can be seen throughout the North American continent, The Central America and in many parts of the South American continent. 

Off the coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the next solar eclipse viewers have a maximum chances of seeing a "ring of fire" lasting for at least 5 minutes, 17 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse.

Let's see the TYPES OF  ECLIPSE:

Depending upon the alignment of Sun, Earth and the Moon at the time of occurance of an event ,four types of solar eclipses  have been identified. Solar eclipse takes place either before the happening of lunar eclipse or after the happening of lunar eclipse.

Total  eclipse:

The sun is completely obscured by the moon.

Partial eclipse:

The moon does not completely obscure the sun, so only part of the sun is obscured. Here, the moon seems to "bite" the sun.

Annular  eclipse:

The moon is centered in front of the sun but does not cover the entire surface (as seen in a total solar eclipse). A "ring of fire" shines around the moon.

 Hybrid  eclipse:

The rarest solar eclipse is a combination of total and annular eclipses (sometimes called an A-T eclipse) and occurs when the moon's shadow moves over the Earth. They start as one type of eclipse and move on to another. 

Data present on educational website SpaceEdge's Academy shows that there are in all 28% of solar eclipses, in which 35% are partial, 32% are annular solar eclipses and only 5% are hybrid.  

The  ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE on 14 October 2023:

An Annular solar eclipse is expected to  cross North America , Central America and The South America on  14th of October 2023.

To watch this phenomenon of  eclipse and the " ring of fire " , it becomes important for a person to be located along the way of annularity. 

The beginning of an annular solar eclipse will take place in U.S.A and after that it will travel from the coast of Oregon to the Gulf coast of Texas, and then passing over Nevada, Utah, New Mexico as well as some parts of California, Idaho, Colorado and Arizona, according to space agency  NASA. After this travel, It will continue its journey  to Central part of America then over Mexico, Belize, Honduras and the Panama. The annular solar eclipse will end at the coast of Natal,Brazil. But South America will also experience the event of annular eclipse because it passes over Colombia before the ending. 

 when the moon is observed between the sun and the Earth at its farthest point from the Earth — known as apogee, annual solar eclipse occurs.Since the size of moon is smaller as compared to earth, so moon fails to cover the entire sun. so moon fails to produce complete eclipse. Also a thin sun band appears around the moon producing the effect know as the "ring of fire".

Observers, who are not  located in a straight way of annularity but are close will observe Partial solar eclipse. Skywatchers from the Alaska to the South American Argentina would be able to see the moon obstructing the Sun's circumference but partly. 

If you wish to watch the annular solar eclipse and partial solar eclipse events, time and date NASA has modified and detailed maps which can help you in gathering information. 


 You should be aware that looking at sun directly will prove harmful. Just Remember, NEVER even try to look at the sun without adequate protection. How to watch towards the sun safely visit Space News guide and know more about safe solar observations. The space news guide also make you aware, what solar targets you can and have to look out for and the different types of  equipment needed to carry on that work. 

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