What the ‘ring of fire’ eclipse looked like from the home of ancient solar astronomy

CHACO CANYON, New Mexico — Solar eclipses occur in patterns that far outlast a single human life, but just occasionally it’s possible to see them echo through deep time. 

Such a rare occasion was possible on Saturday, Oct. 14 at precisely 10:34 a.m. MDT when a “ring of fire” appeared in the sky for 4 minutes 48 seconds above Chaco Culture National Park in New Mexico. 

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