NM park offers solar eclipse viewing program

May 4, 2012

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state park in western New Mexico offers a program for viewing an annular eclipse of the sun later this month.

The state Parks Division says Bluewater Lake State Park offers a clear view of the western horizon for the eclipse on May 20. The moon will cross in front of the sun, blocking out all but the outer edge of the sun. The agency said a "ring of fire" will be visible for nearly four and a half minutes about 7:30 p.m. Special telescopes will be available because it's unsafe to watch the eclipse with the naked eye. The park is about 28 miles west of Grants, and the program cost is $5 per vehicle. The last annular eclipse in the U.S. was in 1994.