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: 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 Space.com 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 TimeandDate.com.