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2023 Annular solar eclipse : Basics

Information about the annular eclipse including how to safely view the event

What is an annular eclipse?

On Oct. 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross New Mexico and those in the path will be able to see the ring of fire!

What is an annular eclipse?

Moon's shadow on the Earth during an eclipse

“An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth while it is at its farthest point from Earth. Because the Moon is farther away from Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the star. This creates a ‘ring of fire’ effect in the sky.” – NASA

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October 14, 2023 Annular Eclipse Fact Sheet,

Información sobre el eclipse anular del 14 de octubre de 2023

Immerse yourself in the eclipse experience.

Sumérgete en la experiencia del eclipse.

When Can I see it?

Go to to find when the eclipse will begin in your area.

How to View Safely

Because an annular eclipse does not fully cover the sun (it covers around 80%), it is not safe to view this eclipse without specialized eye protection. It is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection designed for solar viewing. Use special eclipse viewing glasses or use a pinhole method to watch the eclipse. For more information see the NASA website on how to safely view and eclipse.

Todo sobre la protección ocular                   All About Eye Protection 


Spot the Sun
Safely view our nearest star.

Observa el Sol
Observa nuestra estrella más cercana de manera segura.

Ring of Fire

To celebrate the special role of eclipses in connecting art and science, creatives across NASA will be sharing their eclipse-inspired artwork in anticipation of two solar eclipses that will cross the United States on October 14, 2023, and April 8, 2024. This poster was created by Tyler Nordgren.]

Learn more and download this poster here.

Where to view the eclipse?

The Eclipse will take place on the morning of October 14th.  The path of the eclipse moves diagonally across the state from Farmington to Hobbs. There is a map from NASA showing the path and the times.

Below is a portion of a map published by NASA, click here for the website where you can download the full map.

Detail of the path of the eclipse in New Mexico


Modeling Meaningful Eclipses
Using simple materials, participants create 3D models of the Earth, Moon and Sun and demonstrate solar and lunar eclipses. This method uses 3 steps that allow learners to engage, explore, and make meaning.

Eclipse Chalk Art
The Sun’s corona (Latin for "crown") is the outermost part of its atmosphere. It is a jacket of extremely hot gases that reaches far into space. The magnetic energy and heat on the surface of the Sun makes it an incredibly active place. From the corona comes the solar wind that travels through our solar system.