Updated: Oct 14
Beginning at 11:45 am today, October 14th, Southeast Texas was graced with the appearance of an annular solar eclipse.
According to NASA, It was visible in parts of the United States, Mexico, and many countries in South and Central America.
Some areas of the U.S. and Texas were able see what looks a ring of fire. This is where the moon is further away from the earth making the sun look larger creating the ringed effect as opposed to a total eclipse which is where the sun is completely blocked by the moon as it passes. In our area, we were able to see a sliver of the sun at it's peak, or a 90% coverage of the sun.
The four images below were taken in Kirbyville, between 11:55 am and noon. The first two images are modified to bring clarity to the originals. The second two images are unedited.
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In the image below, courtesy of NASA, you can see the near total, annular eclipse. This image was taken in Kerrville, Texas when the event was at its peak.
It is never safe to look directly at an annular eclipse without specialized eye protection because the sun is never completely blocked during this type of event.
If you missed this rare site, don't worry because on April 8, 2024 our area will experience the rare treat of a total eclipse.
Below are images of the best locations to view the anomaly courtesy of greatamericaneclipse.com