Joshua Tree to Offer Front-Row Seat for Solar Eclipse
Joshua Tree National Park will offer a front-row seat for one of the biggest celestial events of the year. On May 20, large areas of the western United States will experience an annular solar eclipse, an event last seen in the United States in 1994. In the hours before sunset, the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun casting a giant shadow across the land. The view from some areas of the country will look like a "ring of fire," with the moon centered on the sun. Joshua Tree is in the zone to experience a partial (near total) eclipse.
To mark the occasion, the park will provide great viewing opportunities of this highly anticipated event. Special solar eclipse activities will take place at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms, which is located at 74485 National Park Drive.
Here is the schedule of activities:
Did You Know?
Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...