On Saturday, October 14, 2023, Belize will witness a mesmerizing celestial spectacle: an annular solar eclipse. This rare event occurs when the Moon partially covers the Sun, creating a stunning “ring of fire” effect. Belizeans and visitors alike will have the opportunity to experience this natural wonder in various locations across the country.
Protected Areas are Prime Locations to Watch the Solar Eclipse
The Belize Audubon Society curated a list of prime locations to witness the solar eclipse. At 11:36 a.m., as the Moon aligns perfectly with the Sun, the “ring of fire” will grace the sky, offering a breathtaking sight at Half Moon Caye. The Cockscomb Basin and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary also offer prime viewing opportunities at 11:35 a.m. and 11:33 a.m., respectively. These protected areas provide a tranquil and picturesque backdrop for your eclipse experience.
A Historical and Cultural Eclipse Experience in Belize
For those interested in a more historical and cultural context for the eclipse, the Institute of Archaeology will host, “Eclipse at the Plaza.” At approximately 9:30 a.m., visitors will observe the eclipse from the iconic ancient plazas at Maya sites like Lamanai, Altun Ha, and Cerros Maya. As a bonus, visitors to these sites on October 14 will receive complimentary solar glasses and can enjoy family-friendly activities.
Where and When to Catch the Eclipse Coast to Coast
If you’re unable to make it to one of these specific locations, don’t worry, as the eclipse will be visible at multiple locations throughout the country. You can observe the eclipse in Belize City between 11:31 a.m. and 11:37 a.m. Meanwhile, Orange Walk, Corozal Town, Belmopan, Caye Caulker, and San Pedro will all have unique eclipse-viewing times between 11:29 a.m. and 11:37 a.m. This widespread visibility ensures that almost everyone in Belize can experience this celestial spectacle.
Whether you choose to witness the eclipse at one of Belize’s protected areas, at an archaeological site, or from your backyard, don’t miss this rare opportunity to be a part of a celestial spectacle that’s sure to leave you in awe. Mark your calendar and prepare to be captivated by the “ring of fire” on October 14, 2023!
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