Published: Oct. 6, 2023 By ,

 Glenn Asakawa/CU Boulder)From CU Boulder Today: At about 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time on Saturday, Oct. 14, the moon will pass in front of the sun above much of the western U.S., creating a blazing “ring of fire” in the sky.  

The event is called an annular eclipse, and it will be the first of two eclipses that North America will witness in the coming year. In April 2024, a total solar eclipse, in which the moon will completely block the face of the sun, will similarly cross over a swath of the country. Boulder doesn’t lie in the path of the full October eclipse, but Colorado residents can still see an impressive partial eclipse, said John Keller, director of the Fiske Planetarium at CU Boulder.

The planetarium will host a viewing party open to the public on the Norlin Quad from 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of CU Boulder’s Family Weekend.