Ready to experience something new this weekend? Weather permitting, Washingtonians will be able to witness a spectacular annular solar eclipse, which occurs just once every year or two years, on Saturday, October 14th. Here’s what to know and how to possibly catch it.
First of all, what is an annular eclipse? According to NASA, it “happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth.”
During its transit, the moon does not completely cover the sun creating the effect of a “ring of fire.” Now keep in mind, because the moon does not fully cover the sun, you must wear proper eye protection while watching an annular eclipse.
Although the path of the eclipse runs south of the state, local viewers will still be treated to a partial solar eclipse, with a maximum obscuration of the sun of up to 80% in Washington, according to NASA.
Although, if you want to make the trip south to Oregon, you will be able to enjoy the direct path of the eclipse. The eclipse will last in Eugene, Oregon from 8:06 AM PDT until 10:39 AM PDT.
According to Time and Date, Seattle will follow nearly the same time window for viewing, with the eclipse beginning at 8:07 AM PDT.
That being said, the NWS is predicting rain this Saturday with an 80% chance of precipitation which will likely impact visibility.
But let’s hope the weather changes! Grab some protective eyewear and get ready to (hopefully) watch the eclipse in Washington.