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Catch the Solar Eclipse on May 20th, First Time in 18 Years

Posted on Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 11:39 am under Play Hard.
full solar eclipse

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On May 20th, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun, allowing North America to view a full solar eclipse for the first time since 1994. As a blanket of darkness falls over much of the US and Canada, you may want to view it from the best seats on the house.

Next weekend might be an most opportune times to visit one of the 33 national parks around the US who are offering prime viewing spots, with 6 of these parks falling directly in the path of the eclipse. At the peak of the eclipse, 96 percent of the sun will be covered, creating the famed “Ring of Fire” around the moon. We don’t know about you, but we feel a Johnny Cash sing-along in the works.

Ready to pack up and go? The top 6 National Parks to view the solar eclipse are:

Redwoods National Park (Northern California)

Lassen Volcanic National Park (Northeastern California)

Zion National Park (Springdale, Utah)

Glen Canyon National Recreational Area (Page, Arizona)

Chaco Culture National Historic Park (Northwestern New Mexico)

Petroglyph National Monument (Albuquerque, New Mexico)

With only 9 days left until this historic event, you may not have time to plan a trip. That’s perfectly fine as you will be able to see the eclipse from many places all over North America so long as your skies are clear. We can’t control the weather, but we can provide the popcorn.

Before you set out to gaze at the sun during this event, take the necessary precautions to protect your eyes. When a majority of the sun is obscured from the moon, the light that peeks out around the edge is very intense. You can purchase solar eclipse glasses fairly cheap (they look like 3D glasses) or create a homemade viewer.

The Big Question:
Are you planning on watching the solar eclipse? If so, where will you be?

Further Resources:

NASA- Solar Eclipses of 2012

How Stuff Works- How Solar Eclipses Work

NASA- Eye Safety During a Solar Eclipse