2023 Annular Eclipse

2023 Annular Eclipse

On October 14th, 2023, parts of North and South America experienced an annular solar eclipse.

The Moon’s shadow began from the west coast of Oregon, tracking southeast across the western US down to the Texas gulf coast, ending at the eastern tip of Brazil.

The eclipse, called the “Ring of Fire” eclipse covered much of North America. The darkest part of the eclipse hit Oregon to Texas, before passing into South America.

An annular solar eclipse, caused by the moon’s shadow casting onto the earth, appears as a “ring of fire” because the distance of the moon from the Earth  does not appear to cover the entirety of the sun, as it does in a total solar eclipse.

The next total solar eclipse will be April 8, 2024.

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Contributions by: CIRA Staff

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Polar-Orbiting Satellites Capture Eclipse

Description:

VIIRS satellites also got in on the solar eclipse party as the moon’s shadow crossed from Central America into South America.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: NOAA-21 S-NPP

Product: Day Land Cloud Day/Night Band GeoColor Visible (I1)

Instrument: VIIRS

Annular Eclipse Moving Over the Four Corners Region

Description:

For those on the ground under the path of the eclipse, the moon’s shadow seemed to move slower, with the sky going from daylight to twilight and back. GOES-18 captured this view of the eclipse as it moved over the Four Corners region.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Spectacular View of Annular Solar Eclipse Traversing Americas

Description:

A simply spectacular view of the moon’s shadow traversing North and South America during the annular solar eclipse.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

The Moon Casts A Shadow On the Earth

Description:

As the moon flew across the sky, some in the western US got to experience a “ring of fire” as the moon moved directly in front of the sun.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Eclipse Moves Across North and South America

Description:

Tracking the moon’s shadow as it moved across the Earth from GOES-18.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-18

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

Annular Eclipse Crossing the Western United States

Description:

A view of the annular eclipse moving over the western United States.


Phenomena: Eclipses

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI