The first annular eclipse to take place in the mainland United States in almost eighteen years occurs Friday, May 20 . Such an event is not expected to happen again until October of 2023.

This month, New Mexico PBS Science Cafe explores the excitement around the eclipse one month prior to its occurrence with "2012 Annular Solar Eclipse" Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Los Poblanos Inn & Cultural Center located at 4803 Rio Grande Blvd, N.W.

A clip from NOVA will be shown, followed by a discussion with a local expert from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society. Participants will also learn about the path the eclipse will take as it passes over Albuquerque skies.

Science Cafe is designed to be for the entire family. Parents and grandparents are strongly encouraged to bring their budding astronomers and scientists along. Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. RSVP to Rose Poston, community outreach coordinator, New Mexico PBS Education & Outreach Department at 277‑2396 or email

The New Mexico PBS Science Cafes are presented with support from UNM Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Sandia National Labs/Lockheed Martin.

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