Annular "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse on May 20, 2012


On the evening of Sunday May 20, much of New Mexico will be treated to a rare annular solar eclipse. On the map below, the northern and southern path limits are noted in bluewhile the central line of the eclipse is red.  During this event, the moon will cover over 90% of the sun, resulting in a ring of fire - if viewed through a filter.

Even though most of the sun's disk will be covered, you still need to use a solar filter or some type of projection technique to view the eclipse.

For this event, the Sun will be low on the western horizon. The position of the sun will depend on your location, but for those in the Albuquerque metro area, the eclipse will be in the vicinity of Mt. Taylor.

If viewing from Albuquerque, your location should be high enough to see Mt. Taylor.  

Important Times

1st contact is at 6:28 pm when the moon first begins to cover the sun.

2nd contact at 7:33 pm when the moon is completely within the disk of the sun.

The annularity period is when the moon is totally within the disk of the sun, lasting only 4 minutes and 26 seconds.

3rd contact at 7:38 pm when the moon touches the edge of the disk of the sun on its way out of the sun’s disk

The sun sets at 8:07 pm. before the eclipse is over.


For more information on this solar eclipse, visit the NASA website.

NASA also has prodecures for safe viewing.

Check out the Albuquerque forecast here.


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