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An Annular Eclipse of the sun will take place on May 20, 2012 and the best place to see in this area it is from the top of the bluff.
Although Nebraska is not in the path of the full annular eclipse, there will be a definite partial eclipse with the moon obscuring more than half of the sun at the height of the eclipse. Along the direct path of the annular eclipse, the moon will cover 95% of the sun. This is different from a total eclipse where the moon completely covers the sun with only the corona glowing around the edge. A "ring of fire" will be visible to those in the direct route of this eclipse.
Join a ranger at the top of the bluff any time between 6:30 pm and sunset to learn more about the sun, eclipses and this eclipse in particular. There will be safe solar viewing devices available for visitors to have a look at the sun as the moon moves across it. At sunset all visitors must leave the summit.
Viewing the sun is very dangerous. Sunglasses are not enough to protect your eyes from looking directly at the sun. Learn more about safe solar viewing at the NASA website: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html
For additional information about Scotts Bluff National Monument programs and schedules please call 308-436-9700, check the Calendar of Event on our website at http://www.nps.gov/scbl/planyourvisit/events.htm , visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottsbluffnps , or see us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/scottsbluffnps.