Where to photograph this week’s ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse in America

Ring of fire eclipse
An annular solar eclipse photographed on May 20, 2012 (Image credit: NASA/Bill Dunford)
Jamie Carter
Jamie Carter

A rare ‘ring of fire’ annular solar eclipse is coming to America this weekend. On Saturday, October 14, 2023, much of North and South America will enjoy a partial solar eclipse as the moon drifts across most of the sun’s disk over a few hours. However, for those lucky enough to be within a narrow 125 miles wide path, through the US Southwest, Central and South America we'll get to see something, much rarer – a ring around the moon that will last up to 5 minutes 17 seconds.

  • The climate and likely weather on the day.
  • Having plenty of room to set up and use a tripod. 
  • What shot you’re going for and the sight lines. 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for www.WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.