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Public invited to PEEC/Pajarito Astronomers Annular Eclipse Event Sunday at Overlook

on May 18, 2012 - 8:50am

PEEC News:

One projecting telescope, four viewing telescopes with solar filters and 100 eclipse-viewing glasses will be available at Sunday's big Annular Eclipse Event at Overlook Park in White Rock.

The Pajarito Astronomers and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) are sponsoring the event and will assist people who choose to make simple pinhole viewers at the park. People who have their own telescopes with solar filters are welcome to bring them to view the eclipse.

Thanks to a generous donor, solar viewing glasses will be distributed to the first 100 people who would like them.

The eclipse will begin at 6:33 p.m. when the moon will first cover the sun from below. Totality will occur at 7:33 p.m. and last for about 4 minutes. Then the moon will start to move away from the sun, but won't leave completely until after the sun sets below the local horizon.

Sunday's event is free and no registration is required.

Organizers anticipate a large crowd will turn out to view Sunday's annular eclipse. The event at Bandelier National Monument sold out several days ago.

For more information about the Overlook Park event, visit www.PajartioEEC.org.

NASA: An annular eclipse occurs when the moon, slightly more distant from Earth than on average, moves directly between Earth and the sun, thus appearing slightly smaller to observers' eyes; the effect is a bright ring, or annulus of sunlight, around the silhouette of the moon.


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