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A rare solar eclipse is coming to Albuquerque on May 20, and Bernalillo County is proud to host a special viewing and educational event at Mesa del Sol.

The county’s sports fields and the Hard Rock Pavilion parking lot at Mesa del Sol will provide excellent views of the annular solar eclipse, when the moon is scheduled to block out the center of the sun and create a “ring of fire.”

The special event will be hosted at the county’s parks and recreation fields at 5601 University Blvd. S.E. Gates open at 2 p.m.

Guests will have access to a large movie screen streaming the eclipse as viewed by a University of New Mexico telescope.

The eclipse begins about 6:28 p.m. and runs until sunset, about 8:20 p.m.

There will be a designated area for professionals to bring their own telescopes and equipment and an area for other spectators to view the solar eclipse as well.

The county’s Mountain View Community Center staff will have a booth to help children make their own pinhole cameras, and protective glasses to view the eclipse will be handed out while supplies last.

Experts advise it is critical to not look at the eclipse without proper eye protection.

Food vendors, music and plenty of parking is also available at this rare event.

Call Bernalillo County’s Parks and Recreation Department at 505.314.0416 for more information.