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Solar Eclipse Observation

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

On August 21, a solar eclipse will be cutting through the United States. For most of the country, including New Mexico, the eclipse will be partial. This means only part of the sun’s surface will be blocked by the moon and there will be no point during which it will be safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection. The only place where it will be safe to view the sun directly will be a relatively narrow path from Oregon to South Carolina, and then only for a little over two minutes while the sun is totally eclipsed.

Come to the museum for a safe look at the partial eclipse through several different devices, weather permitting. About 73% of the sun will hidden by the moon as seen from Albuquerque during the eclipse’s midpoint at 11:45 a.m. MDT. A live broadcast of the eclipse from NASA will be shown in the planetarium along with real-time tracking of the moon's journey in front of the sun. For complete information about the eclipse, visit:

Please note that the regularly-scheduled planetarium shows at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. will be canceled on August 21.

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