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Published: 05/18/2012

Reminder of Annual Eclipse Viewing Events on Sunday, May 20th

As mentioned before, all solar eclipse glasses have been distributed. At this point, it is best to recommend that people attend an organized viewing event to get the glasses and safely look at the eclipse on Sunday. Here is a recap:

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Phone: 505-768-6020
Time: 4-10:30pm
Admission: $4 adults, $2 seniors, $1 kids, under 3 free

Event description: The Solar Eclipse event will include live music, food and beverages available for purchase, children's activities that include interactive learning, crafts and a climbing wall. The movie "Contact" will also be screened at 8:30 p.m. It was filmed at the Very Large Array near Socorro and features Jodi Foster as a scientist trying to make contact with possible life elsewhere in the Universe. All activities are included with regular museum admission. Parking is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and/or blankets as seating is limited.

Bernalillo County Scholer Regional Recreational Complex

5601 University Boulevard Southeast
Phone: 505-314-0400
Time: 2-8:30pm
Admission: Free

Event description: Participants will park in the Hard Rock Casino Presents the Pavilion parking lot. There will be a designated area for professional and amateur astronomers to bring their own telescopes and equipment, as well as an area for other spectators to view the solar eclipse. Food vendors, free entertainment and hands-on science and education activities for children will round out the event.

The Albuquerque Astronomical Society will help provide educational presentations on the event. The county’s Mountain View Community Center staff will have a booth to help children make their own pinhole cameras, and protective glasses to view the eclipse will be handed out while supplies last.

Other activities for children include creating and testing paper model rockets with the Albuquerque Rocket Society.

Food vendors, music and plenty of parking spaces are also available at this rare event. This is an outdoor event, so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets and to dress appropriately. Please note alcoholic beverages are prohibited at county sports fields.

Directions: From Interstate 25, take exit 220, the Rio Bravo exit. Travel east on Rio Bravo Boulevard. Rio Bravo turns into University Boulevard. Travel south on University about two miles to the event, located at the Dr. E. A. "Swede" Scholer Regional Recreation Complex, 5601 University Blvd. S.E.

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

601 Eubank Blvd SE
Phone: 505-245-2137
Time: 6-8pm
Admission: Adults-$8; Seniors & Youth 6-17-$7; 5 & under-Free

Event description: The evening will include observing with astronomers from The Albuquerque Astronomical Society, hands-on activities for children, and food vendors. Doors open at 6 p.m. and visitors receive a free pair of sun-safe glasses with their admission. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the show!

University of New Mexico Observatory
1919 Lomas Blvd NE
Phone: 505-277-2616
Time: 6pm
Admission: Free

Event description: The viewing event will be held in the parking lot at the UNM observatory. We will have a short presentation about the eclipse and members of the Physics & Astronomy Department will be available to answer questions. They will have several pinhole cameras on hand and eclipse viewing glasses. Feel free to bring camping chairs for your comfort.

Please refer to for complete details.

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