Claremont catches glimpse of solar eclipse

Saturday’s solar eclipse put on a spectacular show in Claremont even if it was short of a total eclipse here. The “ring of fire” full eclipse was visible in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, as well as Mexico and South America. The eclipse lasted from 2 1/2 to three hours depending on where one was viewing the phenomenon while the ring of fire portion itself lasted three to five minutes. Courier photo/Steven Felschundneff

On October 14, 2023, the Moon aligned with the Sun and Earth to produce an annular solar eclipse. The spectacle bathed millions of Americans in a lunar shadow as the Moon blocked the Sun’s rays. California experienced an annular solar eclipse starting at 9:18 a.m.

An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon passes in front of the Sun but is too far from Earth to completely obscure it. The Moon is at or near its farthest distance from Earth—known as its apogee—during an annular eclipse, making it look smaller in the sky. This leaves the Sun’s edges exposed in a red-orange ring, dubbed the “ring of fire.” A satellite caught an earthly view of the event, as the Moon’s shadow crossed North America.


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