Location:Astronomy Amphitheater and Great Basin Visitor Center
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Join Rangers and Volunteers to witness the main path of the 2023 Annular Eclipse at Great Basin National Park. Viewing areas at the Astronomy Amphitheater and Great Basin Visitor Center.
7:30 - 11:00am: Eclipse Viewing Areas open - Join Astronomy Rangers and volunteers to look through Solar Telescopes and watch the eclipse! Viewing areas with limited parking will be set up at the Astronomy Amphitheater and the Great Basin Visitor Center where rangers can help you safely view and answer any questions. Free eclipse glasses will be available.
7:30 - 11:00am: Eclipse Information Tables - Find park rangers to pick up information and tools for citizen science initiatives, grab your free pair of solar eclipse glasses, pick up Jr Ranger books and badges, and get your questions answered. Tables will be staffed at both viewing areas at the Astronomy Amphitheater and the Great Basin Visitor Center, but most rangers will be carrying free eclipse glasses to distribute.
8:07am: The Eclipse Begins - The moon makes "first contact" with the sun from our earthly perspective. A partial eclipse will continue growing until second contact is made.
9:24am: Beginning of the Full Eclipse - The moon makes "second contact" with the sun, and the entire moon is now in front. The Annular eclipse as we know it fully commences.
9:26am: Peak Annularity - The moon is at its peak, blocking the maximum extent of the sun possible and getting as close to the center as possible.
9:28am: End of the Full Eclipse - The Annular Phase ends and "third contact" is made as the moon begins moving its way out of the front of the sun. A partial eclipse continues.
10:53am: The Eclipse Concludes - "Fourth contact" is made and the moon entirely leaves the sun. The eclipse has now finished, and we're left with memories of this cosmic coincidence.