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Fri Apr 20, 2012, 10:40 PM


May 20 Annular (total) Solar Eclipse ALBUQUERQUE considered best location


On May 20th, the first annular eclipse in 18 years will be visible from the United States. Albuquerque, New Mexico is said to be the best urban location to view this "ultimate astronomical event." An annular eclipse 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. Locally, viewers will be able to see the annular eclipse for about four minutes just before sunset at 7:33pm in Albuquerque on the western horizon. A partial eclipse will be visible from approximately 6:30-8:00pm Mountain Daylight Time.

The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and partner organizations are inviting astronomy buffs and interested star and sky enthusiasts to visit Albuquerque for this rare viewing event.

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

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/20/4429739/albuquerque-considered-best-location.html#storylink=cpy

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Sun Apr 22, 2012, 01:41 AM

1. How good will Santa Fe be for the viewing?


And I wonder if I can persuade my son, the astronomy geek, to visit me for this.

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Response to SheilaT (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 22, 2012, 03:47 AM

2. People from Santa Fe will come to Albuquerque


Those few miles will make a difference in the viewing & the completeness of the annular phenomenon.

Do invite your son! And persuade if necessary but if he's an astronomy geek he may not want to miss it.

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