Southwest ring of fire.

May 20, 2012 § 1 Comment


“Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.” – Nora Roberts

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North American Solar Eclipse

The grand show is a view of the moon centered on and covering more than 95 percent of the sun, and you’ll see it—weather permitting—from the beach at Redwoods National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and Petroglyph National Monument in Albuquerque.

Grand Canyon National Park, Navajo National Monument, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, and other parks of the Southwest will have other wonderful eclipse views. More than 125 national parks from western Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakotas, and even parks in Alaska, will have views of a partial eclipse.

A total of 154 U.S. national parks will provide views of the eclipse, from partial to full annularity.

Interactive map:

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Bandelier See the Solar Eclipse

About every 18 years the moon passes in front of the sun darkening the skies. Witness this spectacular event, by joining us on Sunday May 20 for an Annular- “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse.

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The eclipse will be a full annular eclipse (the entire moon will be in front of the Sun) at the following 33 U.S. national parks. The parks marked with an * are where the moon will be centered on and cover about 95 percent of the Sun.


Download a document (PDF – 1.06 MB) including a map of NPS sites or click on the image above for a larger view.


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annular solar eclipse

Like a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse happens when the moon lines up between Earth and the sun. But in this case, the dark moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the visible disk of the sun, leaving a ring—or annulus—of fiery light around the edges. (See annular eclipse pictures.)

During such an eclipse, “the path of annularity, where the full eclipse will be visible, is hundreds of miles wide and thousands of miles long,” said eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff, the Field Memorial Professor at Williams College in Massachusetts.

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Animated map of where you can see the eclipse:

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Eclipse chasers:

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Solar Eclipse Computer:

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Another cool web site:

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Cool way to watch an eclipse

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Petrified National Forest and Solar Eclipse

The national parks are the place to be on May 20, 2012, to see the first solar eclipse in the United States in 18 years. Petrified Forest National Park is within the pathway of the eclipse, making it a perfect spot to watch this remarkable event. The eclipse begins over the Pacific Ocean and, from south of the Aleutian Islands, travels to the California coast. From there, traveling at 1,000 mph, the shadow of the eclipse races south and east over 30 national parks in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, and even into west Texas before sunset.

Petrified Forest National Park is hosting an eclipse event on May 20, starting with first contact at 5:27 pm and ending when the park closes at 7:30 pm. Peak will be at 6:36 pm. We will have special glasses to watch the eclipse safety as well as pinhole boxes to cast the image of the sun.

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Annular Eclipse in Albuquerque

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