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Ring of Fire: A Rare Solar Eclipse to Grace North and South America

For the first time since 2012, an annular solar eclipse, often known as the "Ring of Fire," will be visible over North and South America.

An annular solar eclipse also learned as the “Ring of Fire,” is set to grace the skies over North and South America for the first time since 2012. This unique celestial phenomenon promises to be a visual delight for skywatchers.

The eclipse’s journey will commence in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and conclude in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT. 

However, this extraordinary event can only be witnessed by residents of the western hemisphere, specifically those living along a narrow path stretching from Oregon to Texas.

Full Visibility for Lucky Regions:

States and regions along this path, including Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas, will enjoy the privilege of witnessing the complete annular solar eclipse. 

Additionally, parts of California, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona fall within this zone. The “ring of fire” effect will be at its maximum during this time.

For those residing outside the path of full visibility, including Alaska and various states, a partial solar eclipse will be observable, allowing for a partial dimming of the sun’s brilliance.

Beyond Borders: Eclipse Across North and Central America:

This extraordinary celestial event will also traverse over the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico and parts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Several countries in South America, such as Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil, will witness this celestial phenomenon. Argentina will experience a partial solar eclipse.

Spectacular Annularity:

The period of annularity, characterized by the breathtaking “ring of fire” effect, will last approximately 5 minutes. During this time, specific points will experience maximum coverage. 

In Eugene, Oregon, the climax occurs at 9:18 a.m. PDT, while in Alturas, California, it will be at 9:20 a.m. PDT. 

The “ring of fire” will be visible at 9:23 a.m. PDT in Battle Mountain, Nevada, at 10:28 a.m. MST in Richfield, Utah, and at 10:35 a.m. MST in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

In San Antonio, Texas, the eclipse will reach its zenith at 11:54 a.m. CDT.

Eclipse Livestream and Safety Measures:

For those unable to witness the eclipse in person, NASA will provide a live stream of the event on its official channels, including YouTube. Safety is paramount when viewing a solar eclipse. 

Spectators are strongly advised to use glasses that adhere to the ISO 12312-2 international standard. 

NASA emphasizes that attempting to view the eclipse with any other object lacking a “special-purpose solar filter attached over the front of the optics will instantly cause severe eye injury.”

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