Weather permitting, a mesmerizing annular solar eclipse will be visible in Philadelphia. 

The eclipse, occurring when the moon passes in front of the sun but leaves a “ring of fire” due to its distance from Earth, will grace the city from 12:05 p.m. to 2:37 p.m., with maximum coverage at 1:21 p.m. 

Safety precautions are crucial for direct viewing, with certified solar eclipse glasses or welding glasses recommended. 

Alternatively, an indirect method like a pinhole projector can be used to watch the eclipse’s progress. 

The April 8, 2024 total solar eclipse is also on the horizon, expected to darken local skies. However, this weekend’s eclipse is a unique opportunity to witness a celestial wonder. 

In case of clear skies, Philadelphia residents are encouraged to carry solar eclipse glasses and enjoy the spectacle while going about their day.