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14 October 2023 Annular Eclipse Round-up

Dorian Janney looks to the sky while wearing eclipse glasses during the 14 October annular eclipseWe reached out to U.S. GLOBE Partners who participated in events for the 14 October 2023 annular solar eclipse. They’ve shared their experiences in the short pieces below. We hope their experiences will help guide you as you prepare for the 8 April 2024 total solar eclipse!

Dorian Janney, NASA Goddard

I led a group of 600 adults who are part of the Texas Master Naturalist program in observing and learning about what they were seeing during the recent annular eclipse on 14 October. We had a table with our data to let them see how the temperatures were changing throughout the eclipse, as well as inviting them to do cloud observations from time to time. We also had a lot of hands-on activities to keep them busy before annularity. 

graph from GLOBE Observer app's Eclipse tool shows air temperature increasing leading up to the eclipse, dropping during the eclipse, and increasing again after the eclipse; in Coloma, California.Tracy Ostrom, WestEd/UC Berkeley

The WestEd/UC Berkeley GLOBE Partnership joined forces with the American River Conservancy of Coloma, California, to host an eclipse event on 14 October. The event drew more than 60 citizen scientists from Northern California. Using the GLOBE Observer app, families and individuals participated in collecting air temperature data throughout the event. While the skies were partly cloudy, we were able to view glimpses of more than 80% eclipse coverage. 

John Olgin, El Paso Community College

Our event involved international collaboration, viewing the annular eclipse both virtually and in person. Hands-on demonstrations, solar-filtered telescopes and other viewing activities were made available for the general public. Participants engaged in citizen scientist data collection with the GLOBE Observer app, collecting temperature and cloud data during the eclipse. 

Kevin Czajkowski, University of Toledo

I took air temperature, surface temperature and cloud observations at my house during the 14 October annular solar eclipse as part of GLOBE and GLOBE Observers' efforts to study the weather during solar eclipses. It was cloudy and lightly raining yet the air temperature and surface temperature dropped 1 degree Celsius leading up to maximum coverage and then back up again afterwards. I was surprised that the eclipse made such a big difference with it being 100% cloud covered and raining lightly.

8 April Total Eclipse

What are you doing for the total solar eclipse? Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll reach out afterward for a report! Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for clear skies.

Find resources for the 8 April eclipse on the GLOBE Observer Eclipse page.


Photo captions:

  • Photo 1: Dorian Janney looks to the sky during the 14 October 2023 annular eclipse.
  • Photo 2: GLOBE Observer Eclipse graph showing WestEd/UC Berkeley air temperature readings during the 14 October 2023 annular eclipse.
  • Photo 3: Tracy Ostrom observes the annular eclipse on 14 October 2023, despite a cloudy sky!
News origin: United States of America