An annular eclipse is happening on Oct. 14, and while D.C. is nowhere near the heart of the eclipse, you’ll get a glimpse. At 1:18 p.m., around 30% of the sun will be covered by the moon. Here’s what you need to know about the “Ring of Fire.”
⭕️ What’s an Annular Eclipse?
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, when it’s at its farthest point from Earth. It creates a “ring of fire”-looking effect, with the moon covering the sun. In D.C., we see the sun become a crescent shape as it is partially covered.
⭕️ Viewing Tips
It’s not going to last long — only about 2.5 hours, from around 1 p.m. to 2:30-ish. The peak will be at 1:18 p.m.
Don’t stare directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection, as it can cause permanent eye damage. A regular pair of sunglasses (or even 10) won’t work; you need special solar eclipse glasses. You can also view it with a DIY binocular setup, but be careful!
⭕️ Eclipse Extravaganzas
The National Air and Space Museum is hosting an eclipse-themed family event from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., with safe solar viewing gear, music, demonstrations, planetarium shows, and more. The museum’s center in Chantilly will also be hosting a viewing party with a filtered telescope.
This segment was inspired by a piece written by City Cast Salt Lake’s Terina Ria.