On Monday, April 8, astronomy buffs will have a chance to view another spectacular eclipse. This time, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, passing over Mexico, the United States, and Canada. In Albuquerque, viewers will be able to see 78 percent of the eclipse at its peak.

However, to view the eclipse safely, individuals can pickup a pair of UNM Department of Physics & Astronomy-branded eclipse viewers in the main lobby the Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science (PAÍS) building located at 210 Yale Blvd., N.E., Room 1180 at the dates and times listed below.

March 25-29
Monday through Friday, 12-1 p.m. every day, 10-11 a.m. (Thursday only), and 2-3 p.m. (Wednesday and Friday).

April 1-5
Monday through Friday, 10-11 a.m., 12-1 p.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Donations are encouraged and appreciated to help support planning for a new UNM Observatory.

Why do you need special glasses to view the sun?
It is extremely likely that you will damage your eyes by simply looking up at a solar eclipse. You must wear special “eclipse glasses” to view a solar eclipse. The American Optometric Association suggests using a handheld solar viewer, special-purpose solar filters, or other ISO-certified filters if you plan to view a solar eclipse for even a short period of time.

For more information, visit 2024 Total Eclipse: Where & When.

** Note: UNM is not planning any viewing events as part of this eclipse.