Sequence of the October 14, 2023, Annular Eclipse

November 23, 2023




Photographer: Rob Ratkowski  
Summary Author: Rob Ratkowski  

Shown above is the sequence of the annular eclipse of October 14, 2023, as observed from the steps of old Frazier Schoolhouse, just northeast of Roswell, New Mexico. The word "annular" is derived from the Latin word for ring, “annulus.” These ring of fire eclipses occur when the Moon's shadow isn't quite big enough to swallow up the Earth. Note that total solar eclipses only happen if the Moon is a sufficient distance away to completely blot out the Earth -- the strip of the Earth's surface that its shadow traverses. During annular eclipses, the Moon is a bit too close to Earth to do so. For more images of this eclipse see tomorrow's Earth Science Picture of the Day.

Photo details: Nikon D810 camera; 20mm Nikkor lens; Seymour filter.


Roswell, New Mexico Coordinates: 33.3943, -104.5230

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