An annular solar eclipse is set to be visible, weather permitting, for most of America on October 14, though Asheville will only see about half the eclipse and will not see the “ring of fire” characteristic of such events. The light levels during the eclipse in Asheville are expected to be similar to those on Mars. Despite being overshadowed by cloudy weather and being just a partially visible event, the eclipse is still considered important and people are encouraged to view it with protective glasses.
Asheville’s Glimpse of the Annular Solar Eclipse
On Saturday, Oct. 14, an annular solar eclipse will be at least partially visible in the majority of America, if the clouds cooperate. Asheville will witness approximately half the eclipse, excluding the infamous “ring of fire”. The sky may dim to a Mars-like light level during the event.
Weather Conditions for the Eclipse
The National Weather Service predicts Asheville’s day to be partly sunny with potential morning showers clearing up by early afternoon. Despite this, the eclipse may not be noticeably visible.
Observing the Partial Eclipse
Though it’s a partial eclipse, it’s still significant and worth observing. Always use protective glasses to look at the sun. Before viewing the weekend’s eclipse outdoors, there are things to know.
Eclipse Timing and Weather Outlook
The partial eclipse is expected to be visible from 11:46 a.m. to 2:42 p.m. Oct. 14 in Asheville, according to the Astronomy Club of Asheville. The forecast appears favorable for Asheville, but varies for other Western North Carolina areas.
Impact of Partial Eclipses
The scientific importance of partial eclipses has lessened with advancing technology. However, these astronomical phenomena can have substantial personal impacts, often influencing academic interests of individuals of all ages.
Best Locations to Watch the Partial Eclipse
There are several good locations near Asheville to view the eclipse. Consider visiting Leicester Library to watch the eclipse and get free glasses, or driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Mount Pisgah Trailhead and enjoy a hike while the eclipse happens. Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute are also excellent choices.
Upcoming Total Solar Eclipse
If you miss this eclipse, another one is coming on April 8, 2024. A total solar eclipse will block the sun’s view to a greater degree for Asheville, covering approximately 85% of the sun’s disk.