Annular eclipse graces Saturday’s sky

Now Habersham's Tyler Penland captured this 'ring of fire' eclipse image in Farmington, New Mexico. People in Georgia witnessed a partial eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023. (Tyler Penland/NowHabersham.com)

The sky over North Georgia darkened ever so slightly midday Saturday as the moon crossed in front of the sun.

Unlike the total eclipse that passed overhead in 2017, this annular eclipse resulted in a partial eclipse over Georgia.

The sun’s bright light was too intense to view the eclipse with the naked eye, but intermittent clouds over parts of North Georgia proved the perfect natural filter to catch a quick view. Pinhole cameras and eclipse sunglasses also offered protection from the sun’s afternoon rays.

In Cornelia, just under 50% of the sun was obscured by the moon, causing it to look like a fat crescent. Coverage reached 58% in the southwest corner of Georgia.

Clouds proved to be the perfect filter to view the partial eclipse over Clarkesville, GA, safely. This was taken at 12:42 p.m. on October 14, 2023. (Joy Purcell/NowHabersham.com)
We converted a Papa John’s pizza box into a pinhole camera to view the eclipse. (Joy Purcell/NowHabersham.com)
It worked! (Joy Purcell/NowHabersham.com)

Out west, it was a far more spectacular sight where 90% of the sun was covered. This resulted in crescent moon shadows and a ‘ring of fire’ effect that people often associate with solar eclipses.

Now Habersham’s Tyler Penland livestreamed the eclipse from a city park in Farmington, New Mexico. He also captured this amazing sequence of photos.

(Tyler Penland/NowHabersham.com)
(Tyler Penland/NowHabersham.com)
(Tyler Penland/NowHabersham.com)

You’ll have a chance to view another eclipse next year. On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse will be visible as it crosses from Texas to Maine.

WATCH October 14, 2023, annular eclipse NH livestream

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