In order to prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse next month, let’s start with a quick refresher. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, blocking some or all of its light. There are four types of solar eclipses: total, annular, partial, and hybrid.
- Total solar eclipse: The Moon completely blocks the Sun, plunging the area in darkness for a few minutes.
- Annular solar eclipse: The Moon passes in front of the Sun, but leaves a ring of sunlight visible around the edge of the Moon.
- Partial solar eclipse: Only part of the Sun is blocked by the Moon.
- Hybrid solar eclipse: This type of eclipse is rare and starts as an annular eclipse, but turns into a total eclipse for a brief period of time.
The upcoming solar eclipse that will occur on October 14, 2023 is an annular solar eclipse. It will be visible from a narrow path that crosses North, Central, and South America. The path of annularity begins in Oregon and ends in Texas, passing through several other states and USA Camping Company resorts along the way. Observers outside of the path of annularity will see a partial solar eclipse.
What to Expect
The eclipse will begin with a partial eclipse, as the Moon begins to pass in front of the Sun. As the eclipse progresses, the Moon will block more and more of the Sun, until it reaches its maximum at the point of annularity. At this point, there will be a ring of sunlight visible around the edge of the Moon.
After the point of annularity, the Moon will begin to move away from the Sun, and the eclipse will reverse itself. The partial eclipse will end when the Moon completely passes in front of the Sun.
Map of upcoming annular solar eclipse via Great American Eclipse
It is important to note that it is never safe to look directly at the Sun, even during an eclipse. Only use specially designed solar eclipse glasses or filters to view the eclipse safely.
Here are some additional safety practices to keep in mind:
- Do not use regular sunglasses or prescription glasses to view the eclipse. These glasses are not designed to protect your eyes from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
- If you are using eclipse glasses, make sure they are in good condition and have not been damaged.
- If you are using a solar filter, make sure it is attached securely to your telescope or binoculars.
- Never look at the Sun through a telescope or binoculars without a solar filter.
- Supervise children at all times during the eclipse.
Where to Watch - Book Now
If you are not in the path of annularity, you can still watch the solar eclipse online or on television. There will be many live streams and broadcasts of the eclipse available.
If you are in the path or plan to make the trip, there are many places where you can watch the eclipse. Specifically, the following USA Camping Company RV resorts make the perfect nearby base camps to the path of annularity:
Nueces River RV & Cabin Resort (Camp Wood, TX)
On The Beach RV Park (Port Aransas, TX)
Lafitte's Hideout RV Resort (Port Aransas, TX)
Honey Bear By The Sea RV Resort (Gold Beach, OR)
No matter where you choose to watch the upcoming solar eclipse, be sure to take the necessary safety precautions and enjoy the experience! Oh, and get your camera ready.
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