San Antonio, Hill Country at the rare crossroads of two upcoming solar eclipses

SAN ANTONIO – Texas, and more specifically parts of San Antonio and the Hill Country, were lucky enough to see two solar eclipses within six months.

The first is the annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, and the second is the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

KSAT meteorologist Justin Horn breaks it down in the media player at the top of this article.

“An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, being at its furthest point from the Earth,” the article says. NASA. “Because the Moon is farther from the Earth, it appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover the star. This creates the effect of a “ring of fire” in the sky.”

NASA explains that a total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, completely covering the face of the Sun.

During a total solar eclipse, the entire sun is covered for a few minutes, making the outside appear dark.

The next total solar eclipse that will be visible from the continental United States will not occur until August 23, 2044.

During an annular solar eclipse, the moon never completely obscures the sun, making it unsafe to look directly at the sun without eye protection designed specifically for viewing the sun.

During a total solar eclipse, there is a short period when the moon completely blocks the sun, making it safe for direct viewing, otherwise special eye protection is required.

San Antonio is expected to see totality for a few minutes during the April 2024 event.

Eclipse glasses are one option for observing the eclipse, or you can also just use a pinhole projector. Here’s how to do dot projector.

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