The countdown to the annular solar eclipse 2023 is underway and the Southmost Branch of the Brownsville Public Library along with Visit Brownsville and the South Texas Astronomical Society (STARS) is hosting an exciting event for the entire family to witness a rare celestial phenomenon.
On Saturday, October 14, 2023, the annual solar eclipse will be visible in South Texas. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. During an annular solar eclipse, the Sun appears to turn into a ring of fire.
A solar eclipse viewing event sponsored by the Southmost Library Branch, Visit Brownsville, and the STARS Society will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 10 AM to 2 PM at the library, located at 4320 Southmost Boulevard.
"Visit BTX in collaboration with the Brownsville Southmost Library and STARSociety are more than ready for Saturday's Annular Solar Eclipse! This will be the last chance to witness an annular solar eclipse in the U.S. until June 21, 2039,” said Dafne M. Maldonado, Director of the Brownsville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We want to remind everyone that it is never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection, which is available at our office and will be available on-site until supplies last. "This event will unite our community and visitors, featuring presentations by STARS and NASA Solar System Ambassadors, family-friendly STEM activities, food and drink vendors. Experience the awe-inspiring "ring of fire" effect as the Moon passes in front of the Sun. Don't miss this incredible event!"
To safely view the solar eclipse, it is crucial to wear solar filters at all times when observing the Sun. Never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection, such as certified solar viewing glasses.
Visit Brownsville is providing free solar viewing glasses in the days leading up to the event. You can pick up these glasses from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday, and on the day of the eclipse until supplies last. Make sure to obtain your glasses in advance to ensure you have proper eye protection.
The eclipse will pass through parts of the United States, Mexico, and several countries in South and Central America.
In the United States, the eclipse will begin in Oregon at 9:13 AM PDT. and end in Texas at 1:33 PM CDT.
The partial eclipse phase will start at 10:23 AM CDT in the event's location. Its peak time is between 11:54 AM and 12:03 PM.
This event is not only a great opportunity for astronomy enthusiasts but also for the general public to learn more about solar eclipses.
Remember to plan ahead, arrive early to secure your viewing spot, and be prepared with all necessary safety equipment to make the most of this rare celestial event. Enjoy the eclipse!