RENO, NV - Astronomy experts and amateurs alike will experience something on Sunday that hasn’t happened in Reno since the 19th century and won’t happen again for another 20 years.
The sun will look a little different beginning at 5:24 p.m. pacific standard time.
In a particularly rare event, the earth, moon and sun will be in a certain alignment that the sun will look like a ring of fire.
What's even more unusual, Reno will be one of the perfect places on earth to see it.
“The eclipse's path hits land at the California Oregon border and cruises through near Susanville and Redding and hits Reno. And there's nothing until Albuquerque. But where we are at, clear weather and we get to see the sun well enough on the horizon it won't be blocked by the mountains,” says Dan Ruby, Associate Director of the Fleischmann Planetarium.
The official viewing will be at the Redfield Campus of UNR just off Wedge Parkway and the Mount Rose Highway.
This will be the best place to talk to experts about the eclipse and view it safely as no one should stare directly into the sun because of eye damage.
Instead telescopes with solar filters, projection devices and even special optical filters like dark sun glasses will be available for you to watch the eclipse safely.
Again this will not be a total eclipse because the moon is at its farthest point from the earth---still the view should be spectacular with 94% coverage.
The special viewing glasses will be available at the event for a nominal fee.
Keep them as you’ll need them for the transit of Venus across the sun.
In that event the planet will look like a dot on the surface of the sun.
That happens June 6th