A Ring of Fire is coming!
A Ring of Fire will soon be seen over West Texas. It’s nothing scary — on October 14th, Midland will have a prime view of an annular, also known as a “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse.
Midland, Texas, is located just east of the eclipse centerline, where the annularity lasts the longest, meaning you’ll be able to see and enjoy the eclipse longer than other locations in the eclipse path. In the downtown Midland area, stargazers can experience the Ring of Fire for just under five minutes – just seconds short of the maximum duration anywhere in the US.
Details based on a latitude/longitude of 31.99733° , -102.07811°
Eclipse data courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, from eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov. Note that this data is approximate and doesn’t take into account variations in lunar limb geography. To determine the precise circumstance details for your exact location on eclipse day, use the interactive Google eclipse maps developed by Xavier Jubier.
* “Sky” refers to the general sky conditions that were observed for the indicated year at or near the time of day that annularity will occur locally during the 2023 eclipse. It’s recommended that eclipse chasers plan to stay mobile in the event that poor weather threatens visibility on October 14, 2023.
Current weather in Midland
For an interactive map of the path of annularity in Midland, use the interactive Google eclipse maps developed by Xavier Jubier.