"Death Valley National Park to hold Eclipse Viewing
The first annular eclipse seen in the United States in 18 years will be visible on May 20, 2012. Death Valley National Park Rangers will be offering prime time viewing from Dante's View from 5:30-7:30 pm. Because the Sun won't be completely blocked, it is essential for viewers to use special solar glasses or other protection to view this event. Glasses will be available for purchase at our Furnace Creek Visitor Center bookstore. Rangers will be available to assist park visitors in seeing the eclipse through special telescopes and solar glasses from this premier vantage point.
Astronomers like Dr. Tyler Nordgren, who is also a National Park Service volunteer, call this eclipse "annular." At its peak, the eclipse will resemble a bulls-eye, with a thin ring of the sun visible around the Moon. In order for us to view a total eclipse, which blocks out the sun completely and casts a large shadow upon Earth, the Moon would need to be closer to Earth..."