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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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VIIRS satellites also got in on the solar eclipse party as the moon’s shadow crossed from Central America into South America.
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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.
A simply spectacular view of the moon’s shadow traversing North and South America during the annular solar eclipse.
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.
Tracking the moon’s shadow as it moved across the Earth from GOES-18.
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A view of the annular eclipse moving over the western United States.