Nine states are along the path of the maximum eclipse, which stretches from Oregon to Texas. The peak solar eclipse will be visible across the Lone Star State from the Big Bend to the Gulf Coast of Texas.
Here’s what you need to know about viewing the 2023 annular solar eclipse in Texas.
An annular eclipse is not a total eclipse, as the Moon doesn’t entirely block the Sun’s light – only 90%. An annular eclipse happens when the Moon is at the farthest point in its orbit of Earth. During the maximum eclipse, known as annularity, the light from the Sun peaks out around the Moon, creating the “ring of fire” the annular eclipse is known for.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, you will need to wear special eclipse glasses during the entirety of the annular eclipse. Taking the glasses off at any point, even during the maximum eclipse, is unsafe.
The annular solar eclipse will cut a path from West Texas to the Gulf Coast, offering millions the chance to see the features this eclipse is known for, including the “ring of fire,” the Diamond Ring and Baily’s Beads.
Those smack dab in the middle of the 125-mile-wide eclipse path will have the longest time to see annularity.
Even those on the outer edges of the eclipse path will have a brief chance to see the “ring of fire.”
On the Gulf Coast, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge are on the northern limits of annularity.