|Posing for a quick photo but they couldn't see through those "glasses".|
What's an annular solar eclipse?
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it does not completely block the Sun. This will create a “ring of fire” effect in the sky for those standing in the path of annularity. (source: NASA)
From another source, it stated that the next annular solar eclipse that crosses over the contiguous U.S. isn’t until February 2046 so obviously we had to see it. Maybe it was just me but I was blown away by the eclipse. During that span, things went dimmer. It was bright outside but darker, as if you were wearing low tint sunglasses. I no longer felt the warmth from the sun. It was amazing.
|Watch party at our local library...|
|But we just observed the eclipse from home... and played pickleball throughout that time.|
|Look at the crescent shaped shadows... and I still don't understand why.|
|The solar eclipse at its peak from our vantage point.|
Luckily, there will be another solar eclipse next year.
On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will cross North and Central America creating a path of totality. During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely blocks the Sun while it passes between the Sun and Earth. The sky will darken as if it were dawn or dusk and those standing in the path of totality may see the Sun’s outer atmosphere (the corona) if weather permits.