Bandelier Offers Spectacular Viewing of Solar Eclipse

Bandelier National Monument News

Courtesy Poster By Tyler Nordgren

Bandelier National Monument, located in Northern New Mexico, will offer an amazing opportunity to witness a solar eclipse on Sunday, May 20.  “The last solar eclipse in the United States occurred in 1994, this will truly be a once in a lifetime experience,” said Superintendent Jason Lott.

There are 33 national parks positioned for a great view of the eclipse.  At Bandelier, visitors will see an annular eclipse where a thin ring of the sun is visible around the moon.  Since the sun is not completely blocked, participants will receive complimentary solar shades and be able to look at the sun through solar telescopes.

In addition to the eclipse viewing, park staff, with the help of the Bradbury Science Museum and local astronomy groups will offer other activities including:

Junior Ranger Program “What’s So Great About our Sun”
Participate in fun solar activities and demonstrations from 2:00-3:00 PM.  Meet at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, no reservation required.

Ranger Talk “Spectacular Solar Show”
Join a ranger at the eclipse viewing site to learn what to expect during a solar eclipse from 6:00-6:20 PM. Reservations required, to sign up please call 505 672-3861 ext. 512.

Eclipse Viewing
Witness the moon begin to cover the sun around 6:28 PM. Full annular eclipse “ring of fire” will occur at 7:34 PM.  After this stellar event enjoy the sunset over the Jemez Mountains.  Reservations required, to sign up please call 505 672-3861 ext. 512.

Stargazing with Constellation Tour
Take a tour through space on a ranger guided constellation tour.  Tour will begin after sunset.  Reservations required, please call 505 672-3861 ext. 512

Visit for the latest eclipse information.  To sign-up for this special event (space limited), call 505 672-3861 ext. 512.




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