Reno is very near the central path of this eclipse, which crosses parts of the Southwestern United States. The period of maximum eclipse as viewed from Reno will be from 6:28-6:33 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2012.
Solar eclipses and transits must be viewed with extreme caution and care.
Looking directly at the sun without protection can cause serious eye damage. For safe viewing tips and for building your own safe-viewing devices see these resources.
Other Viewing Sites in the Region
Carson City Visitors Bureau
Virginia City Tourism Authority
Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau
FREE! Annular Solar Eclipse event
When: Sunday, May 20, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. (maximum eclipse, 6:28-6:33 p.m.)
Where: MacLean Observatory on the Redfield Campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, 18600 Wedge Parkway in southwest Reno
Who: The community is invited! The event is free and hosted by Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, in partnership with the Astronomical Society of Nevada (ASN), the Nevada Historical Society, and KNPB Channel 5.
FREE! Solar Eclipse Lecture Series
When: Third Saturdays, from 2-3 p.m.
Where: Nevada Historical Society on the University campus, 1650 North Virginia Street. Call 775-688-1190 for more information.
Astromony Standards Classes
Using K-12 Nevada State Standards for Astronomy, this course will engage students' imaginations and spark scientific curiosity in astronomy using the eclipse as a starting point. This is an especially powerful way to approach physics and Earth science concepts.
Class sessions meet Thursdays, April 19-May 10, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. at the Redfield Campus of the University of Nevada, Reno, 18600 Wedge Parkway, Bldg A, Room 227 (with two additional hours of lab work to be announced by the instructor and held at either the Sparks Marina or the MacLean Observatory at the Redfield Campus,18600 Wedge Parkway in southwest Reno).
Resources and Links
Never look directly at the sun; and never look directly at the sun during an eclipse without approved safe-viewing devices. Unsafe methods for viewing an eclipse can cause permanent damage to eyes. PLEASE DO NOT use these methods for viewing:
• Do not use sunglasses, binoculars or telescopes
• Do not use smoked glass
• Do not use ordinary film negatives
• Do not use welding glass (except #14 strength)
For additional information about safe viewing and more, see the helpful sites below:
NASA - Eye Safety During Solar Eclipse - Visit NASA’s eclipse viewing site for more information.
NASA - Interactive map of where/when to see the May 20 eclipse - Visit NASA’s interactive map and enter your location to see where and when the solar eclipse is visible in your area and along its entire path.
How to View an Eclipse - Visit this excellent How-to Guide for instructions on how to build your own solar viewer.
2012 Transit of Venus, Sun-Earth Day - View NASA’s Transit of Venus website for more information.
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