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How To (Safely) Watch the Annular Eclipse

Terina Ria
Terina Ria
Posted on October 10   |   Updated on October 13
The annular solar eclipse. (@babaktafreshi/Instagram)

The annular solar eclipse. (@babaktafreshi/Instagram)

An annular eclipse is happening on Oct. 14, and southern Utah is in the prime viewing spot. 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 most of the sun. This will be most visible in southern Utah. In Salt Lake City, we’ll see 90% coverage.

⭕️ Viewing Tips

It’s not going to last long — only about three hours, starting around 9 a.m. MT. and ending around noon.

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, which can be purchased at the Clark Planetarium gift shop for $3.

⭕️ Eclipse Extravaganza

The Clark Planetarium is hosting an Eclipse Extravaganza from 9 a.m.-noon with free activities. The Leonardo is also holding a celebration from 10 a.m.-noon. The first 75 guests will receive free solar eclipse-viewing glasses.

Correction: Southern Utah is the prime viewing spot for the "ring of fire."

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