May 20, 2012 brings to New Mexico a chance to view an annular solar eclipse. The University of New Mexico invites eclipse watchers to come view and celebrate the event.
Our viewing event, which is free (suggested donation $2), will be held in the parking lot at our UNM observatory starting at 6 pm. We expect to be able to accommodate about 2000 people. We will have a short presentation at about that time, and members of the department will be available to answer questions about eclipses, safe viewing, and we will have several pinhole viewers on hand. We will hand out eclipse viewing glasses (until we run out - we expect to have 2000 of them). We'll also have live images of the eclipse from one of our telescopes (a link will appear here soon).
The partial eclipse starts at 6:20 pm, Mountain Daylight Time. The annular eclipse starts at 7:33 and lasts for only about four minutes, so make sure to get there early - you don't want to be sitting in traffic at the crucial time! We expect to accommodate about 2000 people in our eclipse viewing area. If you are worried about our event filling up you may also consider one of the other viewing sites in the area. Parking will be available on campus as shown in the first map below. You may want to bring camping chairs for your comfort, as well as sunscreen, hats, or umbrellas if you are worried about skin exposure. There will be a stand serving hot dogs and drinks.
On the day of the eclipse the link below will show live images from one of our telescopes:
Many other sites will be providing live images as well at different locations, from Japan, where the eclipse is seen about three hours earlier than here, to California and many others. These are the sites that we believe will have live images: