May solar eclipse: Head to New Mexico for a prime viewing experience

Solar Eclipse

Solar Eclipse

Something amazing is happening in May 2012. There will be a full solar eclipse. 

About the Eclipse
On May 20th, the first annular eclipse in 18 years will be visible from the United States. And, Albuquerque is said to be the best urban location to view this “ultimate astronomical event.” The type of eclipse is an annular eclipse, which occurs when the moon covers most of the sun’s disk leaving a thin ring of light around the edge appearing as a “ring of fire.”

The eclipse begins over Asia and, traveling at more than 1,000 MPH, the shadow of the eclipse races to the southeast over parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico before sunset. In the Albuquerque, New Mexico area, viewers will be able to see the annular eclipse for about four minutes beginning just before sunset at 7:33pm in Albuquerque on the western horizon. A partial eclipse will be visible from approximately 6:30-8:00pm.

Events on Eclipse Day
The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and several partner organizations are inviting astronomy buffs and interested star and sky enthusiasts to visit Albuquerque, New Mexico, for this rare viewing event. If you travel to Albuquerque and the surrounding area in northern New Mexico, you can enjoy the wonders of our solar system with viewing opportunities and local educational activities for the entire family.

Enjoy the sights of Albuquerque when you visit to view the Solar Eclipse in May.

Enjoy the sights of Albuquerque when you visit to view the Solar Eclipse in May. Photo: Elizabeth R. Rose

Seven entities have established viewing and educational events during the week before and on May 20th led by astronomers, graduate students and museum educators.

  • Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum (viewing and education)
  • New Mexico Museum of Nuclear Science & History (viewing and education)
  • University of New Mexico Observatory (viewing and education)
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (educational events only)
  • Hard Rock Pavilion at Mesa del Sol (viewing only)
  • Sandia Peak Tramway (viewing only)

Each of the viewing locations above offers a direct view of the horizon for optimal viewing of the eclipse.

More Information
Solar Eclipse Details
Tips for photographing an eclipse
How to View a Solar Eclipse

Information Courtesy: Albuquerque CVB


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