When is the next annular solar eclipse?

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The next annular solar eclipse is scheduled to occur on October 14, 2023. This event, often referred to as a "ring of fire" eclipse, will be visible from North America, with the path of annularity stretching from Oregon through Texas and beyond. The eclipse will also be visible from Central and South America, although viewers in these regions will only experience a partial solar eclipse of varying obscuration23. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, so it can't block the entire disk. This results in a beautiful "ring of fire" effect. The moon's slightly elliptical orbit around Earth means that at two points each month, it is farthest (apogee) and closest (perigee) to Earth, making the moon appear slightly smaller and slightly larger than average in our sky. On October 14, 2023, the new moon will look relatively small and, therefore, cover only 91% of the sun's disk as viewed from the narrow path of annularity2. After the annular solar eclipse on October 14, 2023, the subsequent annular solar eclipse will occur on October 2, 2024. This will be visible from the Pacific Ocean, southern Chile, and southern Argentina2.
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