Annular Eclipse

Most of the Sun is blocked by the dark Moon in this photo. The Moon is outlined in bright sunlight, similar to a ring of fire.

Since the Moon appears smaller than the Sun during an annular solar eclipse, the Sun peeks out from around the Moon. Credits: Stefan Seip

The U.S. will see its first Annular Solar Eclipse since 2012. Make your travel plans now to catch the best views in states like Oregon and Texas, who will experience a 90% eclipse of the Sun.

October 14, 2023

What is an Annular Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the star. This creates a “ring of fire” effect in the sky.

On Oct. 14, 2023, the annular eclipse will begin in the United States, traveling from the coast of Oregon to the Texas Gulf Coast. Weather permitting, the annular eclipse will be visible in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as some parts of California, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona.

During an annular eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Review these safety guidelines to prepare for Oct. 14, 2023.