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Eclipse Moon over Bryce Canyon

Annular Eclipse

On May 20, 2012, U.S. national parks saw their first solar eclipse in the United States in 18 years. The eclipse began over the Pacific Ocean and, from south of the Aleutian Islands, traveled to the California coast at Redwoods National Park. Then, from there, traveling at 1,000 mph, the shadow of the eclipse raced south and east over 30 national parks in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico, and even into west Texas before sunset. More than 125 national parks had views of a partial eclipse.

Explore these pages to learn more about solar events and the role national parks play in observing them. Get tips on how to view solar eclipses and find information about other park happenings in your area.

How to View

Eclipse viewers with safety glasses.

Looking directly at the Sun is dangerous and will cause damage to your eyesight. So, how do you safely watch a solar eclipse? Read on to learn how. Learn more...

Eclipse Video

Solar Eclipse

Watch a five-minute video of eclipse highlights filmed during the hour-long live webcast of the event. Learn more...

Last Updated: January 04, 2017