What Is It?
Home to some of Earth’s oldest non-clonal—meaning not a genetic duplicant of a parent—organisms and some of the country’s darkest skies, Great Basin National Park is a great spot to catch the annular solar eclipse Saturday, October 14.
Ancient History Lives On
One inhabitant of Great Basin National Park is the ancient bristlecone pine. Bristlecone pines can live up to 4,000 years, in part because they are extremely dense, which helps protect them from insects, fungi and rot.
What is an Annular Eclipse?
The October eclipse will be an annular eclipse, when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. Annular eclipses differ from total eclipses in that the moon does not wholly block the sun, and there is still a visible ring of fire around the moon.
At Great Basin National Park, the eclipse will occur between 8:07 and 10:53 a.m. Great Basin isn’t the only place to see the eclipse—the path includes Crater Lake in Oregon, Lava Beds National Monument in California and Canyonlands National Park in Utah, among other spots.
The U.S. won’t see another annular eclipse until 2041. To start planning your trip, call 775-234-7331 or visit www.nps.gov/grba.