The solar eclipse, which will occur next Saturday, October 14th, will be visible from Colombia. This has been confirmed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Visibility will be possible from practically the entire American continent, with Colombia being the region where it can be best observed, along with northern areas of Brazil. In the country, the solar eclipse will be about 90%. The phenomenon will begin at 11:48 am and end at 3:15 pm, with the maximum phase occurring around 1:35 pm.
Annular Solar Eclipse
In the vast canvas of the sky, one of the most surprising and captivating events is the annular solar eclipse. This celestial phenomenon, which awakens the curiosity and admiration of astronomers and enthusiasts alike, differs notably from other solar eclipses, offering a unique spectacle that merits being observed and understood.
Unlike total solar eclipses, where the moon completely covers the luminous sphere of the sun, in an annular solar eclipse, the moon is positioned at a greater distance from Earth. As a result, its apparent size doesn’t fully obscure the solar disk, giving rise to a “ring of fire” in the sky. This luminous circle, known as the diamond ring, is an emblematic feature of the annular eclipse and provides the spectacular sight of a bright halo around the dark silhouette of the moon.
An Astronomical Phenomenon
The precise alignment of Earth, the moon, and the sun is a requirement for the manifestation of this phenomenon. The moon’s elliptical orbit and its inclination in relation to Earth’s orbit contribute to the variability of annular eclipses. Every time these celestial bodies are nearly in a straight-line configuration, the opportunity for this astonishing astronomical event is created.
Observers of annular solar eclipses experience a partial shadow instead of the total darkness that characterizes total solar eclipses. Despite this difference, the atmosphere takes on a magical and ever-changing quality as sunlight dims in a unique manner, projecting curious shadow forms and creating a captivating ambiance.
In a world where science and technology have unveiled many celestial mysteries, the annular solar eclipse reminds us of the intrinsic wonder of our solar system. Every time the sun, the moon, and Earth align in this cosmic dance, the result is a spectacle that invites us to look upwards and contemplate the beauty and awe of our constantly moving universe.
The North American agency has also provided some basic safety recommendations. It is highly dangerous to directly observe the phenomenon with the naked eye. This action can cause irreparable damage to vision. Similarly, observing the phenomenon through lenses, like binoculars or telescopes, without proper filters is also very harmful to the human eye. Regular sunglasses are not recommended, and wearing them for prolonged viewing of the eclipse is also discouraged, as they do not provide adequate protection.
Experts advise using specially designed glasses with certified international protection filters.
It’s also recommended to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. The light emitted during the eclipse is brighter than normal, so it can cause burns on exposed skin over a prolonged period of time.