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.
Bring a picnic dinner if you wish; food and beverages are available for purchase at nearby restaurants. No alcoholic beverages are allowed on campus.
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
Are you traveling to Reno for the Annular Eclipse in May 2012? We have partnered with the Silver Legacy Resort Casino to offer discount rates for our eclipse visitors!
Visit the Silver Legacy online reservations and enter the Special Offer Code UNRES12 to receive a discounted rate of $99/per night double occupancy for Friday and Saturday nights, May 18 and 19, and $69 for Sunday night, May 20, 2012. For more information, call Silver Legacy Reservations, 1-800-687-8733 or (775) 325-7401.
Things To Do in Reno
During your visit, we invite you to discover Reno, the University of Nevada and the region. Here are a few links to resources and events of interest to get you started!
Reno-Sparks Visitors Authority
Events and activities in the region
NEVADA — the state magazine
Nevada Museum of Art
National Automobile Museum
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center
Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce
Northern Nevada Chamber of Commerce
Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada
Northern Nevada Development Authority
For more information about getting here to our area, visit the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority page.
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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