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Annular solar eclipse shows a perfect ring of fire around the moon as it crosses between the sun and the earth.

Solar Eclipse to Captivate Southern Utah This Fall

A solar eclipse is set to travel over Southern Utah in October. Local residents might want to think about where they will be when the moon passes over the sun in their vicinity.

The eclipse will take place in the morning on October 14, 2023.

This eclipse is called an annular solar eclipse, meaning the moon will appear too small to cover the whole sun. Thus, it will cover only 91% of the sun’s size, leaving quite a lot of light leftover.

The event will create what is known as a “Ring of Fire” where the outside of the sun can be seen encircling the edges of the moon.

Graphic: Total eclipse: moon blocks out the sun completely, and blueish light escapes on the edges. Annular: The moon centers over the sun, but doesn't block it out completely, leaving an orange "ring of fire" around it. Partial: The moon doesn't center completely over the sun, but it blocks it out partially over part of the orange circle.
An annular solar eclipse leaves a “ring of fire” around the moon, as seen in the center of this graphic. An annular solar eclipse will pass over Southern Utah on October 14, 2023.

The track of the eclipse is forecast to go over both Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks, along with five state parks in the area: Kodachrome, Goblin Valley, Anasazi, Escalante Petrified Forest, and Piute. Though the solar eclipse is expected to bring extra tourism to recreational destinations across Southern Utah, some of the best places to see the eclipse will be in our own backyards.

For most towns in the area, the annularity of the eclipse will last 3-5 minutes. Exact times are found below:


TownApprox. Annularity WindowDuration
Marysvale10:26 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 44 seconds
Circleville10:27 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 24 seconds
Junction10:27 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 33 seconds
Kingston10:27 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 31 seconds


TownApprox. Annularity WindowDuration
Panguitch10:27 a.m.-10:30 a.m.3 minutes, 3 seconds
Antimony10:27 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 33 seconds
Bryce10:28 a.m.-10:31 a.m.3 minutes, 3 seconds
Tropic10:28 a.m.-10:31 a.m.3 minutes, 1 second
Cannonville10:28 a.m.-10:31 a.m.2 minutes, 48 seconds
Henrieville10:28 a.m.-10:31 a.m.2 minutes, 58 seconds
Escalante10:27 a.m.-10:32 a.m.4 minutes, 21 seconds
Boulder10:27 a.m.-10:32 a.m.4 minutes, 40 seconds


TownApprox. Annularity WindowDuration
Hanksville10:28 a.m.-10:32 a.m.3 minutes, 57 seconds
Bicknell10:27 a.m.-10:32 a.m.4 minutes, 44 seconds
Loa10:27 a.m.-10:32 a.m.4 minutes, 43 seconds
Torrey10:27 a.m.-10:32 a.m.4 minutes, 43 seconds
Koosharem10:27 a.m.-10:31 a.m.4 minutes, 43 seconds


TownApprox. Annularity WindowDuration
Bullfrog10:28 a.m.-10:33 a.m.4 minutes, 42 seconds

See this free interactive map for more specific times and locations.

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Feature image caption: The “Ring of Fire” around an annular solar eclipse that went over Asia and the Western United States on May 20, 2012. Courtesy of Kevin Baird.