On Saturday, October 14th, beginning at 8:07am and lasting for about three hours, Great Basin National Park will have the good fortune of occupying prime astronomical real estate. An Annular Solar Eclipse is a rare event. The next one in the United States will not occur until 2041, making this quite possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Great Basin National Park will be in the path of annularity, meaning that for a few minutes the only visible part of the sun will be a ring of fire squeezing past the edges of the moon. It’s this brilliant ring which differentiates an Annular Solar Eclipse from a Total Solar Eclipse.
The timeline for the eclipse is as follows:
- 8:07am – The eclipse begins.
- 9:24am – Beginning of full annularity.
- 9:26am – The eclipse is at its peak, with the moon blocking the sun to its maximum extent.
- 9:28am – End of full annularity.
- 10:53am – The eclipse concludes.
Please visit our site at 2023 Annular Eclipse – Great Basin National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov) for more information on the eclipse and related activities within the park.