An annular solar eclipse, which will produce an effect called the “ring of fire”, began its journey this Saturday on the northwest coast of the United States, from where it will continue across the United States and parts of Central and South America.
Shortly after 8:00 a.m. local time (12:00 GMT), the moon began to cover the sun in the city of Eugene, Oregon, as shown in a live broadcast by NASA.
The partial eclipse continued from Oregon through the states of Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Texas, while California, Arizona, and Colorado observed a part of this astronomical phenomenon.
As shown in the NASA broadcast, an hour after the outbreak in Oregon, the partial eclipse began to appear in the form of a bitten cookie in locations such as Kerrville (Texas) and Albuquerque (New Mexico).
This annular eclipse, in which the Moon does not completely cover the Sun, and therefore the “ring of fire” effect it produces, continues to be visible during the day in the Mexican Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Brazil.
Most of the rest of the Western Hemisphere will partially observe this eclipse, which in some parts of the United States, however, will not be noticed due to bad weather, as in the case of parts of California.
In Miami, in southern Florida (USA), where it is expected that 25% of this phenomenon will be visible, the events scheduled to enjoy the eclipse, such as the one organized by the Frost Science Museum, were destroyed by storms in the morning and were covered by the sky. It is cloudy this Saturday morning.
This rare event won’t be visible in the United States again until 2039 and is the first of two solar eclipses that will cross North America in the coming months, with a total eclipse scheduled for April 8 next year.
Today’s eclipse follows one visible from coast to coast in the United States in 2017.