Solar eclipse 2023. When the sun turns into a ring of fire

An annular solar eclipse will appear in the sky next week. The moon will cover our day star, momentarily turning it into a ring of fire. This phenomenon will be visible on two continents, could it also be seen in Poland?

On October 25, 2022, we were able to see a unique spectacle over Poland: a partial solar eclipse. Our satellite momentarily covered the Sun’s disk, making it take the shape of a croissant. There will be another eclipse on October 14, but this time it will be what is called an annular eclipse.

What is an annular eclipse?

An annular eclipse occurs when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are in one line, but our satellite is at its furthest point from Earth. To an observer on the surface of our planet, the lunar disk appears smaller than the solar disk. His eyes see a glowing glow surrounding the black circle of the moon – a ring of fire.

Interestingly, the “ring of fire” is only visible in a certain narrow strip of land. Those observing the eclipse from areas north and south of it will see a croissant or a partial eclipse.

Where will the eclipse be visible?

According to NASA, the solar eclipse will be visible to observers in the Western Hemisphere – meaning we won’t be able to view it from Poland. The annular eclipse will be visible to people in the southwestern United States, most of Central America, Colombia and Brazil. Most people in North and South America will be able to see the partial eclipse.

Annular solar eclipse – sample imageKeith Tarrier/Shutterstock

Main image source: Keith Tarrier/Shutterstock

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