SOCORRO, N.M. May 16, 2012 -- The Magdalena Ridge Observatory has published several items related to the upcoming annular eclipse on Sunday evening, May 20. The Tech astronomy facility helped sponsor the purchase of special sun-viewing glasses that were given away to all who attended commencement on May 12.
Annular solar eclipse on October 3, 2005. Image courtesy of Sancho Panza via Flickr.
|The path of the eclipse traverses a swath across the Western United States on Sunday evening.
The Observatory is also hosting a special star party for amateur (and professional) astronomers during the event.
On Sunday, May 20, 2012 an annular eclipse of the sun will be visible from a narrow corridor that will traverse the Earth’s northern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon’s antumbral shadow will begin in eastern Asia and will cross the North Pacific Ocean where it will end in west Texas. Most of the state of New Mexico lies in the path of the eclipse providing a rare opportunity for the astronomy community, enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts to witness an amazing event.
Here we list some of the best places in central New Mexico to view the eclipse from. Some include public gatherings while others are just remote areas where you can take your friends and family to experience this rare and beatiful event.
Also check out some of the listed references at the bottom page about the eclipse.
The event will occur on Sunday May 20, starting at 6:20pm (MDT) and totaling at 7:34pm (MDT) which will last for about 4 minutes.
Note that the event occurs close to sunset (8:06pm MDT) and when choosing a location make sure you have a clear view of the western horizon. Be sure to wear proper eye protection when viewing the eclipse.
- Hwy 60/Very Large Array: take Hwy 60 west past Magdalena (map) and as you come up over the Very Large Array get an amazing view of the western horizon.
- Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge: take exit 175 from I-25 to the beautiful Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge.
- University of New Mexico (UNM): UNM is hosting a free public event for the eclipse viewing at the UNM campus. They urge you to get there early!
- Annular Eclipse Viewing at the Balloon Museum (organized event)
- Bernalillo County Annular Solar Eclipse Event (organized event)
- Annular Eclipse at the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History (organized event)
- Sandia Peak Tramway (no event; great for viewing)
Other Annular Eclipse Websites
- NASA Annular Solar Eclipse
- NASA Google Map of May 20th Eclipse
- Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau “Ring of Fire” webpage
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