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San Antonio prepares for "Ring of Fire" eclipse in October

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San Antonio is in the path of two upcoming solar eclipse events. The annular — or Ring of Fire — eclipse will take place on Oct. 14. A total solar eclipse will take place in April 2024.

During an annular eclipse, viewers will be exposed to about 5% of the sun. This is enough to cause damage if viewed with the naked eye.

The American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Taskforce suggests a few ways to view the eclipse safely. You can check out the organization’s website for a verified list of resources to prepare for the viewing.

If you own a telescope, you can purchase a telescope filter that will block out most of the light.

How are you planning to prepare for the eclipse? What questions do you have about this spectacular event?

Angela Speck is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a co-chair of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Taskforce.

Rick Fienberg is the project manager of the American Astronomical Society Solar Eclipse Taskforce.

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