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Mark the date! Just one month until the next annular solar eclipse...
And don’t be astonished if people behave weirdly or natural disasters increase in intensity...
Mark your calendar. On Oct. 14th--one month from today--the Moon will pass in front of the sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible from North and South America. In this map, the yellow band shows where the eclipse will be best:
This should not be confused with a total eclipse, where the Moon completely covers the sun. During an annular eclipse, the Moon is a little too small for complete coverage--a result of the Moon's elliptical orbit. When the Moon passes in front of the sun, an annulus remains visible, creating a "ring of fire" in the sky. It is still very cool. Indeed, you will literally feel cool as the diffuse shadow of the Moon passes overhead, dimming the landscape and lowering the air temperature by a few degrees.
The "path of annularity" is about 100 miles wide. Along its centerline, the sun will be ring-shaped for more than 4 minutes, with as much as 95% coverage of the solar disk.
Be careful! Even a 5% sliver of the sun can be blindingly bright. Watch the event using ISO-approved eclipse glasses.
Outside the path, observers will see the sun turn into a crescent, fat or thin depending on how far they are from the centerline. This is called a "partial eclipse," also best seen using eclipse glasses. Almost all of North and South America is in the partial eclipse zone.
There's a lot to experience during an eclipse. Listen for changes to birdsong and insect sounds. Wildlife is known to respond to the arrival of the Moon's shadow. Also, look under leafy trees. Crescent-shaped sunbeams lancing through the foliage can dapple the ground with tiny images of the eclipsed sun. Here’s an example from 2012:
Amateur astronomers with solar-filtered binoculars can watch brilliant beads of sunlight glittering through lunar mountains especially around the Moon's north and south poles.
In the meantime, don’t be astonished if people behave weirdly and if parts of this Earth experience another wave of cataclysmic disasters… Eclipses influence our energy and that of our planet.
Hope you will be able to plan a trip and enjoy this amazing event! Have a good day!
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