Eclipse Anular

Eclipse Annular (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As you have probably heard, today there will be an Annular Solar Eclipse in the Western United States starting around 5pm. It is referred to as an “annular” eclipse because the sun is covered by the moon which produces a “ring of fire” effect as it blocks most of the sun’s light. There are several different observatories and organizations that are offering free viewings of the solar eclipse later today.  If you are looking for the time and location of a viewing in your area, then you have come to the right place:

Who: East Valley Astronomy Club
Where: Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch – Gilbert, AZ (Phoenix area)
When: May 20th, 2012 at 5:15pm

Who:  Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society
Where: Sacramento City College – Sacramento, CA
When: May 20th, 2012 at 5:00pm

Who: Sidewalk Universe
Where: Sparks Marina Park – Sparks, NV
When: May 20th, 2012 at3:00pm

New Mexico
Who: Bandelier National Monument Night Sky Team
Where: Bandelier National Monument – Los Alamos, NM
When: May 20th, 2012 at 6:30pm

Who: The South Plains Astronomy Club and TTU Museum
Where: Lubbock Lake Landmark – Lubbock, TX
When: May 20th, 2012 at 6:30pm

If you are looking for more viewing opportunities, NASA has a site where you can search by city here.

Make sure not to look directly at the solar eclipse without protective glasses as it can severely damage your eyes. See the article, “How to Safely Observe Sunday’s Solar Eclipse” on for safety tips.

If you’re not much of a risk taker and want to play it safe, you can view the eclipse live online via the Slooh Space Camera.

Lastly, if you have your own glasses or viewing equipment, you can find out the best time to see it in your area by going to