Oregon to Texas: The Ultimate Spots to Watch Saturday’s “Ring of Fire” Eclipse

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OREGON DUNES, OREGON — As October 14 approaches, sky gazers across the Americas eagerly await the annular solar eclipse, popularly known as the “ring of fire”. 

Here’s a rundown of when and where you can catch the longest views of this celestial marvel:

  • Oregon Dunes, Oregon: The show starts at 9:15 a.m. PDT and will last 4 minutes, 29 seconds.
  • Crater Lake National Park, Oregon: Not far behind, the eclipse graces the park at 9:17 a.m. PDT, lasting 4 minutes, 19 seconds.
  • Great Basin National Park, Nevada: Spectators can view the eclipse from 9:24 a.m. PDT, which will continue for 3 minutes, 46 seconds.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah: This scenic spot will host the eclipse starting 10:27 a.m. MDT for 2 minutes, 31 seconds.
  • Canyonlands National Park, Utah: The grandeur of the eclipse can be witnessed here at 10:29 a.m. MDT for 2 minutes, 24 seconds.
  • Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado: At 10:31 a.m. MDT, the park will be enveloped by the eclipse for 2 minutes, 57 seconds.
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: Residents and visitors can look up at 10:34 a.m. MDT to catch the eclipse lasting 4 minutes, 42 seconds.
  • Corpus Christi, Texas: This city will get a glimpse at 11:55 a.m. CDT, with the eclipse continuing for 4 minutes, 52 seconds.

Heading further south, the Edzná Maya archaeological site in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico will be treated to the “ring of fire” at 11:23 a.m. CST for a duration of 4 minutes, 32 seconds. Those in northeastern Arizona should note: All Navajo Tribal Parks will remain closed until 1:00 p.m. MDT on October 14, 2023, out of respect for Navajo cultural beliefs.

It’s vital for all observers to ensure they protect their eyes. Using solar filters or specialized eclipse glasses is essential as looking directly at the sun can cause severe damage. You can view NASA’s interactive map for a comprehensive guide to the eclipse’s path across the U.S., helping enthusiasts to plan their viewing spots.

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