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Annular Solar Eclipse to be Seen in Costa Rica: Date, Time, and Ideal Viewing Location

Oct 12, 2023 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

  • It will be visible in the country both partially and fully.
  • The eclipse will traverse a significant part of the American continent.


The Costa Rican sky will be the stage for one of the most impressive astronomical events of this year: the Annular Solar Eclipse, set to occur on October 14. According to NASA, the Annular Solar Eclipse happens when the Moon, at its farthest point from our planet, aligns between the Sun and the Earth. Due to this distance, the Moon cannot entirely cover the Sun’s surface, creating a bright and yellow ring, commonly known as the ‘ring of fire.’


CIENTEC stated that this phenomenon will be visible in the country, although in most areas, it will resemble ‘a tiny sunnail’ at most. Nonetheless, astronomy enthusiasts will have a better opportunity to witness this event in the Caribbean, where the ring of fire will be visible.


What time will it be seen in Costa Rica?


According to CIENTEC, this event will have a duration of 3 hours and 31 minutes. In the case of San José, the eclipse, which will be seen partially, is expected to commence around 10:15 a.m. and reach its maximum at approximately 12:01 p.m. The phase will conclude around 1:46 p.m.


Additionally, CIENTEC has provided timing details for five locations in the province of Limón, enabling astronomy enthusiasts to enjoy this event.


In Tortuguero, Manzanillo, Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, and Limón, this astronomical event will be visible at its maximum between 12:00 and 12:04 p.m. On another note, Eric Sánchez, an astronomer at the Planetarium, noted that in the central area of Limón, the event will begin at 10:17 a.m. and conclude at 1:48 p.m., with its peak at 12:03 p.m.


For a safe viewing experience, it is important to heed the recommendations given for observing the Annular Solar Eclipse. These include using specialized eyewear certified with CE and ISO 12312-2.2015 (E) standards, which ensure protection for the eyes and face. It’s essential to avoid looking directly at the Sun during the eclipse phases. Remember that sunglasses, polarized filters, smoked glasses, colored films, X-rays, and neutral density filters should not be used to view the eclipse.



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