solar eclipse

Attention, Eclipse Watchers

A solar “ring-of-fire” eclipse will be fully visible in only a few U.S. locations on October 14. Here’s where to fly to see it.

An annular solar eclipse, also called a “ring-of-fire eclipse,” is set to occur on Saturday, October 14. This phenomenon occurs when the moon is at or near its farthest point from earth. As a result, it seems smaller than usual and doesn’t completely block the sun when their paths cross. Instead, at the eclipse’s peak, we see the moon surrounded by a ring of solar light—the “ring of fire.”

The eclipse will be fully visible only along a narrow path from Texas to Oregon, but if you’re a business jet owner, you can easily fly to a city where you can get a “ringside” seat for the event. 

Among airports where you can land to enjoy an ideal viewing position: New Mexico’s Roswell Air Center Airport (KROW) and Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (KABQ); Texas’s Kerrville Municipal Airport (KERV) and Corpus Christi International Airport (KCRP); Nevada’s Elko Regional Airport (KEKO); and Oregon’s Mahlon Sweet Field Airport (KEUG) in Eugene.

Can’t make the flight? You should be able to see a partial eclipse from anywhere in the contiguous U.S. and in portions of Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Hawaii. You can also watch the drama unfold on NASA’s website and app.