SAN ANTONIO – Many viewers will soon get the chance to witness a spectacular astronomical event, the annular eclipse on October 14.
The annular solar eclipse will carve a path from Oregon to the Gulf of Mexico. The path includes much of the KSAT viewing area including cities in the Hill Country, San Antonio, Pleasanton, and Floresville. (Find more information on the eclipse from KSAT meteorologists).
During the peak of the eclipse, viewers will see the “ring of fire” when the moon blocks all but the outside edges of the sun, which is known as annularity.
The partial eclipse begins around 10:24 a.m., with annularity starting at 11:52 a.m., peaking at 11:54 a.m., and ending at 11:56 a.m. The duration of annularity is only around 4 minutes in San Antonio. The entire eclipse event will end at 1:33 p.m.
As many of our viewers are excited to witness all stages of the eclipse, we remind all to stay safe. Make sure to wear protective glasses through the ENTIRE event to protect your eyes, or you can use a pinhole projector to watch the event.
Be sure to keep those glasses on if you’re trying to take pictures.
“Watching a solar eclipse on your smartphone camera can put you at risk of accidentally looking at the sun when trying to line up your camera. It could possibly also damage your smartphone camera. Never look at a solar eclipse through the optical viewfinder of a camera. It can damage your eyes in the same way as looking directly at it,” the Texas Optometric Association said.
Be aware that the sun could also damage your camera so you will also need to use a filter to protect your lens.
Not sure how to upload them? Here is a guide to posting:
- Open the KSAT Weather Authority app OR visit the KSAT Connect web page. We recommend using the app for regular access to KSAT Connect!
- If you’re on the KSAT Weather Authority app, click the camera icon on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen. You can also upload from the KSAT News app. Click here for instructions.
- Sign in or sign up for a FREE KSAT Insider (member) account by clicking the orange button with the text “Log in to Upload a Pin.”
- Once you’re signed in, you’ll click the orange button that now reads “Upload a Pin.”
- Click the blue button at the top to choose the photo or video you’d like to share.
- Select “Weather” as the channel and “Eclipse” as your category.
- Tell us about your photo or video by including a description.
- The last step here, click the orange button at the bottom to upload.
KSAT is your official Eclipse Authority station, coverage will start with GMSA on KSAT-TV and then an eclipse livestream with the KSAT meteorologists Saturday morning, October 14 that you can watch wherever you are by using the KSAT weather app on your phone.
It will also be available to watch on KSAT.com and the KSAT+ streaming app.