A rare ‘ring of fire’ eclipse is coming. Here’s how to see it.

On October 14, a “ring of fire” solar eclipse will grace parts of the western U.S., Central, and South America. This annular eclipse, where the moon blocks the sun creating a glowing ring, was last seen in the U.S. in 2012 and won’t return until 2039.

“The sun will be blocked by the moon, which will appear slightly smaller, producing the glowing ring in the sky.”

While all 48 U.S. states will witness a partial eclipse, areas in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will experience the full spectacle. Protective eyewear is essential for safe viewing. The event will also cause noticeable temperature drops and affect wildlife behavior.

Additionally, it offers a unique scientific opportunity, with NASA launching rockets to study the ionosphere and seeking citizen scientists’ observations. If missed, another chance comes on April 8, 2024, with a total solar eclipse.