METEOR CRATER HOSTS UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE OF MAY 20THby Hot Off The Press (Release) on May. 15, 2012, under Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Meteor Crater Enterprises
Flagstaff, AZ May 14, 2012 – Meteor Crater, the meteorite impact site located 35 miles east of Flagstaff and 20 miles west of Winslow on I-40 will be hosting an outreach program this weekend in conjunction with a group of Astronomy students from the University of Arizona.
The annular eclipse of the sun will be visible from Arizonaaround sunset on Sunday, May 20th. The focus of the weekend event is to educate the public on the event and how to view it safely. “Eclipse glasses” will be available for sale at a cost of $2.00 each and theUniversity ofArizona graduate students will make available views of the sun through several telescopes to the public, at no charge.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon comes between Earth and the sun, casting a shadow on our planet. When the moon lines up perfectly with the sun and blots out all of its light, the result is a total eclipse. The annular eclipse is similar to total eclipses in that the moon lines up with the sun dead-on, this year blocking about 94 percent of the sun’s light. This results to a spectacular “ring of fire” that will be shining in the sky for observers to see along the eclipse’s path.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Saturday, May 19th: A group of seven (7) to eight (8) astronomers will be on site from11am – 4pm with solar telescopes and viewers promoting the eclipse and selling the “eclipse glasses.”
Sunday, May 20th: A group of eight (8) to ten (10) astronomers would be on site fromNoon –7:30 p.m. with viewing of the actual eclipse between5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Meteor Crater, is proud to be able to offer its facilities for educational purposes and to assist in informing the public on how to safely view solar activity during events such as the annular eclipse of the sun,” said Robyn Messerschmidt, Vice President of Meteor Crater Enterprises, Inc.
METEOR CRATER HISTORY:
50,000 years ago a meteor collided with Earth resulting in a violent explosion. The meteor’s impact left a crater nearly a mile across and more than 550 feet deep. Today, visitors are welcomed from across the globe to view the crater via the air-conditioned indoor viewing area or by venturing out on the crater’s rim on one of several observation trails. Meteor Crater’s terrain so closely resembles that of the moon that it was an official training site for NASA Apollo astronauts. Meteor Crater is located 35 miles east of Flagstaffand 20 miles west of Winslow off I-40 and is open year round. For further information, please contact RobynMesserschmidt at email@example.com or visit our web site at www.meteorcrater.com.