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Solar Eclipse over Albuquerque

By May 16, 2012

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Albuquerque lies along the path of the annular solar eclipse that will pass through the southwest on May 20, 2012. In addition to that great good luck, the city also has clear skies that are great for astronomical viewing. The last annular eclipse was almost 18 years ago and the next one won't happen until 2023. This is a must see event.

There will be plenty of places to view the eclipse, which happens at maximum from 6:28 p.m. to 6:33 p.m. The UNM Campus Observatory will have a free event beginning at 6 p.m. that will host about 2,000 viewers. You'll definitely want to take a lawn chair. The observatory is on Yale just north of Lomas. Get more information about this event and eclipse viewing from my Annular Solar Eclipse article. The piece also includes talks featuring the annular eclipse.

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