Enjoy an Exciting Annular Eclipse In Utah This October
Utah is going to be a part of an annular eclipse on October 14. Yes, this month the moon will stand between Earth and the sun, but since the moon is near its farthest distance from our planet it won’t block out the sun completely but leave a ring of sunlight around its edges. Often this mesmerizing effect is called the ring of fire!
According to NASA, here are the times the eclipse will be seen over Utah
Partial Eclipse Begins 9:09 a.m. MDT
Annularity Begins 10:26 a.m. MDT
Maximum 10:28 a.m.MDT
Annularity Ends 10:31 a.m. MDT
Partial Eclipse Ends 11:56 a.m. MDT
The duration of the maximum eclipse will be approximately 4 minutes 46 seconds.
The entire state will be able to see the effects of the eclipse, but where should you be to see the full ring of fire? Because you are going to go see it, right? I mean, right? It’s in our backyard!
If you look at the above map you can see where you will want to be. If you can get to San Juan County, it will be in the direct path. Mexican Hat, Torrey, Fremont, Marysvale, and Monroe will be good places to see the full effect.
If you are sticking to I-15 you will want to be somewhere between Beaver and Meadow. For the bold seclusionists, you could head northwest of that area but remember it will be a few minutes earlier on the west side of the state.
Here are some tips to consider as you make your plans:
Arrive Early: Imagine literally racing the sun hoping to get there before this amazing event.
Be Prepared: Yes, the Scout motto applies here. Have a full tank of gas, extra provisions, just in case services are clogged or if you wander beyond what you had planned.
Be Safe: Remember your eye health and take proper precautions. Remember the sun is still potent. Photography can be tricky as you might be staring and not know it.
Be Patient: I remember once my brother and I were waiting for a lunar eclipse and we were excited to see the show. As it took longer than we thought it should we started getting edgy and I feel like I missed some of the grandeur of the moment. Enjoy the drive, there might be more people on the road going to watch it, Soak in the transitioning of the eclipse and allow yourself to wonder at what you are watching.