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posted by janrinok on Monday October 02 2023, @11:43PM   Printer-friendly

Safety is the number one priority when viewing a solar eclipse. Be sure you're familiar with and follow these safety guidelines when viewing an eclipse.
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The U.S. will experience the next two solar eclipses: an annular in October 2023 and a total in April 2024. You can see the paths and download the map of these eclipses here. See Also: Annular Solar Eclipse: October 14, 2023
Total Solar Eclipse: April 8, 2024

from Annular solar eclipse 2023: Everything you need to know about North America's 'ring of fire' eclipse

Roughly 11 years after the same type of solar eclipse crossed the U.S. Southwest on May 20, 2012, this one will be visible from a similar region, crossing eight U.S. states from Oregon to Texas, according to NASA.

During an annular solar eclipse, the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, so it can't block the entire disk. The result is a beautiful "ring of fire." Here's everything you need to know about this rare event.

The Total Solar Eclipse event on April 8, 2024 will be a Partial Solar Eclipse in the UK. Solar and Lunar Eclipses in Europe – Next 10 Years

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If you enter "how to see the eclipse" into your favorite search engine, you're bound to see thousands—millions?—of helpful guides. Some of these are extremely detailed and thorough, almost as if the author were getting paid by the word or augmented by AI.

In reality, seeing a solar eclipse is just about the easiest thing one can do in one's life. Like, it's difficult to think of anything else that has the greatest reward-lowest effort ratio in life. You just need to know a couple of things. For the sake of simplicity, here is Ars' four-step guide to having a four-star eclipse-viewing experience. Steps are listed in order of ascending importance.

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2023, @01:31AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday October 03 2023, @01:31AM (#1326853)

    My son lives in South Texas, and I advised him back on August 15 that he would have a pretty good view of these impending eclipses. He replied - yes, the hotels are filling up already. AFAICT - for the October event - Corpus Christi will see a full five minutes of annularity.

    • (Score: 3, Interesting) by istartedi on Tuesday October 03 2023, @04:33AM

      by istartedi (123) on Tuesday October 03 2023, @04:33AM (#1326873) Journal

      Being in NorCal, as much as I'd like to see totality again, the logistics of this one look much more challenging. We lucked in to a nice campsite arrangement at the Prairie City, OR school. Aside from the eclipse itself, nice camaraderie and a small town to stroll around while waiting.

      Texas is so much further, and gas is so much more expensive now. I've considered the notion of staying well outside the path, and timing a drive in to a parking area. No matter what happens, that post-eclipse traffic jam will be epic based on our experience. The rural two-lane highway became virtually one-way, with people making some high risk passes but fortunately very little traffic going in the opposite direction. If I lived anywhere near there I'd simply stay off the roads that day.

      Yes, time is getting short. I still haven't decided what to do. Maybe I'll just end up cherishing Oregon and waiting for the next PNW crosser--IIRC it's in the 2030s.

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