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October 14: Viewing party for Annular Eclipse's Ring of Fire in Friday Harbor

Join Island Rec and San Juan Island Library for a warm beverage and an awesome view of the Annular Eclipse from 7:30 am to 11 am Saturday, October 14, 2023 at John O. Linde Park in Friday Harbor.

NOTE: A limited number of Solar Viewing Glasses will be available at select Library programs leading up to the event and at this viewing party. Please keep your glasses in a safe place for use in the April 2024 total eclipse.

From Space.com

The October 14, 2023 eclipse won't darken skies the way the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017, did. A solar eclipse occurs when a new moon is positioned precisely between Earth and the sun and casts its shadow on Earth. 

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon appears relatively small in the sky so does not fully cover the disk of the sun, leaving a thin outer ring often called a "ring of fire."

Whether the moon can completely cover the sun's disk depends on the moon's distance from Earth. The moon has a slightly elliptical orbit around Earth, so at two points each month, it is farthest (apogee) and closest (perigee) to Earth, making the moon appear slightly smaller and slightly larger than average in our sky. 

On Oct. 14, 2023, the new moon will look relatively small and, therefore, cover only 91% of the sun's disk as viewed from the narrow path of annularity that stretches from Oregon through Texas and beyond.

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