A ring of fire in the American sky on Saturday – Le Journal de Montréal

An annular solar eclipse will occur in the western United States, Latin America and northern South America on Saturday, with the sun appearing as a ring of fire in the sky.

This type of solar eclipse is seen when the moon passes in front of the sun but cannot completely obscure it. This is a phenomenon that can be admired in a narrow strip of territory.

On October 14, the Ring of Fire will first appear over the Pacific Ocean, 1,000 miles (1,600 km) off the coast of Vancouver, before becoming visible on the continent in Oregon.

The show can then be viewed in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, then in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia and finally in Brazil, listed on the Space for Life website at the Montreal Planetarium.

The solar eclipse will last a maximum of 5 minutes and 17 seconds in Nicaragua. At this point, just over 90% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon, leaving only a fiery corona in the sky.

Better than nothing

However, Quebecers will not be left out. If they cannot observe the annular eclipse, they are entitled to a partial eclipse, more or less between 12:00 and 2:30 p.m., depending on where they live.

Residents of Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue will be the most spoiled, as up to 20% of the sun will disappear behind the moon there. In Montreal, 17.1% of the sun will be obscured during the peak of the astronomical phenomenon at 1:17 p.m.

Espace pour la vie has also posted a complete list of cities in Quebec online, with observation times and the percentage of the sun obscured.

Note that you should never look directly at the sun without appropriate protective glasses, NASA reminded in view of Saturday’s solar eclipse.

The last annular solar eclipse occurred on June 10, 2021. However, the show’s climax was witnessed by very few Earthlings, as the Ring of Fire appeared in northern Canada and crossed the North Pole to end in Siberia.

The next annular solar eclipse will take place on October 2nd next year. However, you’ll need a boat or live at the southern tip of South America to see it, as it shines primarily in the Pacific Ocean.

Otherwise, Quebec residents can recover with a total solar eclipse that will take place on April 8 and will be visible in several locations in Quebec, including Montreal.