Mesmerizing Rare Ring of Fire Will Be Seen in Parts of Texas
The total solar eclipse of the sun is not expected until 2024 for most of this region but in October of this year, parts of Texas could see a rare phenomenon of the sun known as the "Ring of Fire,' an annular solar eclipse.
The only "Ring of Fire" I know about is the Johnny Cash song but this eclipse can be observed throughout parts of North America as well as some parts of Southwest Texas stretching from Midland Odessa to San Antonio and down to Corpus Christi. The annular solar eclipse will occur 6 months before the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.
What is a Ring of Fire?
It's when the moon passes between the sun and Earth at its furthest point from Earth, preventing it from fully blocking the sun therefore you get a thin ring around the edge of the sun that gives off an eerie glow.
Since the sun will almost be blocked by the moon it will turn the skies somewhat dimmer but not completely dark as we will experience next year.
Of course, this does not mean you can stare at the sun because this could damage your eyes permanently. The best way to view the eclipse is by using some special eclipse glasses, solar binoculars, or some other viewing options here.
On October 14, 2023, the annual solar eclipse can be seen in Texas beginning at 11:41 a.m. and will exit Texas by noon. The total time of the solar eclipse should last about 5 minutes. Remember times may vary depending on what part of Texas you are living in where the path will occur.
Watch It Live
So, depending on where you live it might be worth the drive to see the "Ring of Fire." Of course, pray for clear skies because a solar eclipse depends on it. Enjoy it because the next ring of fire won't happen again until 2039. You can watch the annular Solar eclipse LIVE on NASA beginning at 10:30 a.m. to 12:14 p.m. Central time.