NASA Interview Opportunity: Ring of Fire THIS Weekend With Annular Solar Eclipse

  • Released Thursday, October 12, 2023

Join a NASA expert on October 13, 2023, to celebrate the solar eclipse this weekend!

Grab your solar safety glasses because you are not going to want to miss the “ring of fire” (annular solar eclipse) next weekend on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023. This rare phenomenon, when the Moon covers the Sun to create a majestic “ring of fire,” will not be seen in the United States again until 2039. This spectacular show – whether you are in the direct viewing path or not – will be the first of not one but two solar eclipses crossing North America in the upcoming year. Join NASA in the global celebration of our radiant star, the Sun, during the Heliophysics Big Year.

Live interviews are available Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, from 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT

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Suggested Anchor Intro:
This weekend viewers are in for a special treat when the Moon moves in front of the Sun, blocking sunlight and creating a fantastic “ring of fire” in the sky. This is an annular eclipse, not a total solar eclipse, but we’ll have one of those soon enough. Here to talk about how to safely view this eclipse and what else is coming up is NASA expert XX.

Suggested Questions:
This weekend, there will be an annular solar eclipse. Can you tell us what we will see? What is the “ring of fire”?
How can viewers safely see the annular eclipse?
Tomorrow's “ring of fire” eclipse is the first of two solar eclipses that people in North America are in a prime location to view within the coming year. Can you tell us about the big eclipse happening in April of next year, and how it will be different from what we’re seeing tomorrow?
Are there any ways viewers at home can get involved with the annular eclipse?
Where can our viewers go to join the fun in celebrating our star?

Other questions:
We’re outside the path for the annular eclipse, but we’ll still see a partial eclipse. Can you tell us what to expect?
Eclipses aren’t just incredible events to witness, they are also scientifically valuable. What special science is NASA doing during the upcoming eclipses?

Pre-recorded interview with Dr. Nicholeen Viall-Kepko / NASA Research Astrophysicist. TRT 5:14. Soundbites separated by a slate with the associated question. Transcript is available under the download button

Pre-recorded interview with Dr. Patrick Koehn / Research and Analysis Lead for the Heliophysics Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. TRT 6:17. Soundbites are separated by slates with the associated question. Transcript is available under the download button


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This page was originally published on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
This page was last updated on Friday, October 13, 2023 at 6:02 AM EDT.


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