2023 Southwest Annular Solar Eclipse Party

October 14, 2023

Observatory Opens


Eclipse Begins

8:10am PDT/Lowell Time

Eclipse Maximum (90%)

9:30am PDT/Lowell Time

Eclipse Ends

11am PDT/Lowell Time

Celebrate with us at Lowell!

October 14 @ 7:30 am

Lowell Observatory is teaming up with Sunspot Solar Observatory to celebrate the annular solar eclipse in style! This event will feature:

– Special Science Talks
– Single Speed Coffee
– Solar Viewing Glasses
– Livestream featuring views of the eclipse from Sunspot Solar Observatory, Four Corners, and Lowell Observatory

And more! Stay tuned for more details.

Note: The eclipse will be at maximum around 9:30am in local time. Stay tuned for more information about this and off-site events.

What is an Annular Solar Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but when it is at or near its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the Sun. As a result, the Moon appears as a dark disk on top of a larger, bright disk, creating what looks like a ring around the Moon. The next annular eclipse in the U.S. will be on Oct. 14, 2023.

How to View the 2023 Annular Solar Eclipse

The Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. It will be visible in parts of the United States, Mexico, and many countries in South and Central America.

In the U.S., the annular solar eclipse begins in Oregon at 9:13 a.m. PDT and ends in Texas at 12:03 p.m. CDT.

To see if you live along the path of totality and when the best time to view it will be, check out the ‘When and Where’ map on NASA’s website, linked below. During an total solar eclipse, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Review these safety guidelines on the NASA website to prepare for October 14, 2023.

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