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Coming Soon: An Eclipse!

On October 14, part of the world will experience an annular solar eclipse.

The Moon is in front of the Sun with a ring of light visible around the edges, against a red sky.

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During an annular solar eclipse, the only part of the Sun that’s visible is a “ring of fire.”

On October 14, 2023, part of the world will experience an annular solar eclipse. The Sun and the Moon will line up in the sky to form a “ring of fire.”

An annular eclipse is different from a total solar eclipse. During a total eclipse, the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, totally blocking the Sun. During an annular eclipse, the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun but is at or near its farthest point from Earth. Since the Moon is far from Earth, it’s a bit smaller in the sky, so it doesn’t block the Sun completely. Instead, a thin ring of sunlight is visible around the Moon—what some people call a ring of fire.

The October 14 annular eclipse can be seen in parts of Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. It can also be seen in parts of Mexico, Central America, and South America. A partial solar eclipse will be visible in other places, with less of the Sun blocked.

In the United States, the annular eclipse will first be visible in part of Oregon at 9:13 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and last be visible in part of Texas at 12:03 p.m. Central Daylight Time. The eclipse will then move over Mexico and Central America and, finally, South America.

It’s not safe to look at the Sun during an eclipse. If you are in a place where you can view the eclipse, wear eclipse glasses or solar viewers. Regular sunglasses are not safe for viewing an eclipse.

NEWS EXTRA!

Fat Bear Week

A large brown bear stands in shallow, moving water.

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The voters have spoken! The 2023 winner of Fat Bear Week is a brown bear named 128 Grazer. 

Fat Bear Week is a yearly online contest. Voters pick their favorite out of 12 bears at Katmai National Park in Alaska. This time of year, the park’s bears are eating lots of salmon. They are fattening up so they can spend the winter hibernating. 

128 Grazer got 108,321 votes. The winning bear is a talented fisher-bear, able to get even the quickest salmon out of the water. She’s also given birth to two litters and is a protective mom to her cubs.

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Carvings in a stone show circles within circles.

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Does this stone carving show an eclipse?

Scientists found a carving in stone in Ireland that was made around the year 3300 BCE. Scientist Paul Griffin thinks the carving is actually a drawing of an eclipse.

The carving shows a set of circles partly covering a larger set of circles. Griffin thinks the larger set of circles is the Sun and the smaller set is the Moon.

Scientists can do calculations that tell them when eclipses have happened. Griffin calculated that there was an eclipse in the year 3340 BCE, so he could be right about the meaning of the stone
carving!

Are You in the Path of the Eclipse?

In North America, the October 14 annular eclipse will be in the section of the map that says, “Path of Annular Solar Eclipse.” Do you or anyone you know live in this area?

A map of North America

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What’s An Eclipse?

Four photos showing a solar eclipse, as well as people and a dog wearing eclipse glasses.

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What happens during an eclipse? Learn more at Britannica!

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