On Saturday, Oct. 14, the western hemisphere will experience an annular solar eclipse, an astrological event where the moon passes between the sun and the Earth while at its farthest point from the Earth, resulting in a “ring of fire” effect. Although the path of the moon will not give NC a full ring of fire, you’ll still be able to witness a partial annular solar eclipse in Raleigh — here’s how.
A partial view of the eclipse will be visible for nearly three hours in Raleigh. According to TimeAndDate.com, Raleigh’s partial eclipse will begin at 11:56 a.m. this Saturday. Maximum eclipse will hit at approximately 1:20 p.m, and the partial eclipse will end at about 2:46 p.m.
While observing any solar event, make sure to protect your eyes — regular sunglasses won’t cut it. Order the fam some eclipse glasses or check NASA’s guide for other ways to experience the eclipse safely.
Peer at this astrological event through a telescope with NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Bicentennial Plaza and learn more from an astrophysicist.