2023-10-14 Solar Eclipse/locations
To observe the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2023-10-14 in the United States of America (USA), you want to be as far east as possible on the Path of Annularity in order to have the highest possible altitude angle at the time of eclipse maximum. However, you also need to be in a location with clear (or mostly clear) skies and no (or very little) wind. Corpus Christi (Texas) is the eastern terminus of the eclipse path in the USA but the weather in October for coastal Texas may not be favorable, which means getting further inland.      The next stop west along the eclipse centerline after Corpus Christi (Texas) is Hobbs (New Mexico).
A major difference between a Total Solar Eclipse or Partial Solar Eclipse and an Annular Solar Eclipse is that in order to properly witness Solar annularity, you must be as close as possible to the eclipse centerline and not simply anywhere inside the eclipse path. Any deviation from the eclipse centerline will cause Luna to appear off-axis and thus will not form a true Solar annulus. Whereas during Solar totality, your geographic position inside the eclipse path determines the duration of totality but does not significantly affect the appearance of totality, unlike for annularity during an Annular Solar Eclipse. This makes observing an Annular Solar Eclipse much more challenging than a Total Solar Eclipse since the number of available eclipse observation sites within the eclipse path is proportional to the square of the desired distance from the eclipse centerline.
Additional considerations are that you need an unobstructed field of view in the direction of Sol (such as no buildings or trees in the way) and you will get a clearer view if there is vegetation or water in the azimuth direction of Sol (not sand, pavement, or buildings). A Solar telescope should always be set up on grass (not pavement) if possible. Ideally you want to avoid any urban areas since this can degrade seeing quality. Your parking space should also be close enough to the observation site so that you have a direct line of sight between your telescope and your vehicle.
10-day weather forecasts
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Corpus Christi, Texas
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Hobbs, New Mexico
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Albuquerque, New Mexico
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Rio Rancho, New Mexico
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Nageezi, New Mexico
- 10-Day Weather Forecast for Richfield, Utah
hourly weather forecasts
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Corpus Christi, Texas
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Hobbs, New Mexico
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Rio Rancho, New Mexico
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Nageezi, New Mexico
- Hourly Weather Forecast for Richfield, Utah
Locations listed here are within 2−16 of a Terran mean circumference (0.6108 kilometers, 0.3795 miles, 668 yards, or 2004 feet) from the eclipse centerline which should provide the best possible Solar annulus.  All locations in Texas and New Mexico are listed, plus one additional location in Utah. Locations are sorted by default from east to west in longitude, with no locations listed west of the easternmost location in Utah.
Locations within 2−17 of a Terran mean circumference (0.3054 kilometers, 0.1898 miles, 334 yards, or 1002 feet) from the eclipse centerline are listed in bold (19 locations), locations within 2−18 of a Terran mean circumference (0.1527 kilometers, 0.09489 miles, 167 yards, or 501 feet) from the eclipse centerline are listed in bold underline (8 locations), and locations within 2−19 of a Terran mean circumference (0.07635 kilometers, 0.04744 miles, 83.5 yards, or 250.5 feet) from the eclipse centerline are listed in bold double underline (3 locations).
The data provided here is intended as a general guideline only and may contain errors. These locations were identified based on remote imagery from Google Maps and other than from the information that I can find available on the World Wide Web, I have no idea if they still exist or are publicly accessible.  You should have multiple locations selected in advance, scout the locations in person the day before the eclipse, and allow yourself enough time on the morning of the eclipse to change locations if necessary.
Remember that you should use GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to find observing sites and not rely on street addresses, especially since many parks and wilderness areas may have a postal address that is far away from the actual location. Addresses given in italics should definitely not be used for directions.
If you think that any locations should be removed from or added to this list, please let me know. If you have actually visited any of these locations in person, I would love to get any feedback about their accessibility and usability for the Annular Solar Eclipse.
Latitudes and longitudes were identified using Google Maps in combination with Occult from the International Occultation Timing Association (IOTA). Elevations are from the USGS (USA Geological Survey) Elevation Point Query Service.  Eclipse start times, times of eclipse maximum, eclipse end times, eclipse magnitudes ("mag"), and altitude angles at maximum eclipse (expressed as airmasses ["air"]) are from IOTA Occult.  Average cloudiness (cl.) for October 14, average windspeed for October (expressed on the Beaufort wind force [B] scale), average air temperature (te.) for October, and average air pressure (pr.) for October are from Time and Date Aksjeselskap. 
Times are given in the local timezone (T) for each location.
|Packery Channel Oak Motte Sanctuary||14220 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78404||
|Packery Channel Nature Park||14218 Park Rd. 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418||
|Sarnia Park||400A N. Shoreline Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78401||
|Sherrill Park||222 S. Shoreline Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78401||
|Artesian Park||813 N. Chapparral St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401||
|Spohn Park||213 N. Mesquite St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401||
|Upper Broadway Park||901 Leopard St., Corpus Christi, TX 78401||
|Washington Park||520 S. Fourth St., Hobbs, NM 88240||
|King Soccerplex||1409 S. Dal Paso St., Hobbs, NM 88240||
|Humble Park||820 N. Grimes St., Hobbs, NM 88240||
|Jefferson Elementary School||1200 W. Park, Hobbs, NM 88240||
|Bensing Park||1401 W. Clinton St., Hobbs, NM 88240||
|Three Gun Trailhead||
|Holiday Park||11710 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111||
|Haynes Park||2006 Grande Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Chianti Park||1210 Chianti Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Cabezon Park||2305 Cabezon Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Western Winds Park||2260 Zaragoza Rd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Star Heights Park||800 Polaris Blvd. SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Sugar Park||500 Sugar Rd. NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144||
|Chaco Culture National Historical Park||
|Oak Creek Campground||
Note that there are very confusingly two different campgrounds at Fishlake National Forest both named "Oak Creek Campground". Always use the GPS coordinates and don't get these mixed up.
Travel times and driving distances by car from Cumberland, Maryland. Data is from Microsoft MapPoint 2013.
|23:12 h||1605.9 mi.||Artesian Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:13 h||1606.2 mi.||Spohn Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:14 h||1606.4 mi.||Upper Broadway Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:16 h||1607.0 mi.||Sherrill Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:17 h||1606.9 mi.||Sarnia Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:30 h||1626.3 mi.||Packery Channel Nature Park||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|23:33 h||1626.6 mi.||Packery Channel Oak Motte Sanctuary||Corpus Christi||Texas|
|24:00 h||1670.5 mi.||Washington Park||Hobbs||New Mexico|
|24:00 h||1670.7 mi.||King Soccerplex||Hobbs||New Mexico|
|24:01 h||1671.4 mi.||Humble Park||Hobbs||New Mexico|
|24:03 h||1672.1 mi.||Jefferson Elementary School||Hobbs||New Mexico|
|24:04 h||1671.8 mi.||Bensing Park||Hobbs||New Mexico|
|24:50 h||1711.2 mi.||Three Gun Trailhead||Albuquerque||New Mexico|
|24:52 h||1716.6 mi.||Embudo Trailhead||Albuquerque||New Mexico|
|24:52 h||1717.1 mi.||Menaul Trailhead||Albuquerque||New Mexico|
|24:53 h||1718.3 mi.||Holiday Park||Albuquerque||New Mexico|
|25:08 h||1735.1 mi.||Haynes Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|25:14 h||1737.1 mi.||Chianti Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|25:15 h||1737.9 mi.||Cabezon Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|25:15 h||1738.1 mi.||Western Winds Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|25:17 h||1738.9 mi.||Star Heights Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|25:18 h||1739.5 mi.||Sugar Park||Rio Rancho||New Mexico|
|28:19 h||1872.7 mi.||Chaco Culture National Historical Park||Nageezi||New Mexico|
|28:20 h||1873.0 mi.||Chaco Observatory||Nageezi||New Mexico|
|29:00 h||1988.8 mi.||Oak Creek Campground||Richfield||Utah|
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