Albuquerque has been named the best urban location for viewing the upcoming annular eclipse. // Creative Commons
On May 20th, the first annular eclipse in 18 years will be visible from the U.S., and Albuquerque has been named the best urban location for viewing the event.
An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers most of the sun’s disk, leaving a thin ring of light around the edge. Viewers will be able to see the eclipse for about four minutes beginning at 7:33 p.m. in Albuquerque on the western horizon. A partial eclipse will be visible from about 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm.
Seven entities have established viewing and education events for the week leading up to May 20th, featuring astronomers, graduate students and museum educators. Options include the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Nuclear Science and History, the University of New Mexico Observatory, Sandia Peak Tramway, Hard Rock Pavilion at Mesa del Sol and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
On June 5th, a Transit of Venus will occur (for the only time this century), and can also be viewed perfectly from Albuquerque.