Eclipse Observation- How will it affect the bees?

Member Gordon Thomasson has an interesting idea. He plans to video tape the entrance of his hives during the solar eclipse and share his observations on bee activity. If this sounds interesting to you, pull out the camera/ video recorder and record images of your hive as well. You can share directly on this site in the news area or email infonmbka@gmail.com to post for you. 

Here are details on the solar eclipse Sunday, June 20th:

  • Sun will be low on the horizon for the event.
  • The centerline for the event passes nearly through the Albuquerque International Airport. Any location in the metro area will provide an excellent view of the eclipse.
  • The viewing area must be high enough to see Mt. Taylor, which is 60 miles (100 km) west of Albuquerque.
  • 1st contact is at 6:28pm (MDT) when the moon first begins to cover the sun.
  • 2nd contact at 7:33pm (MDT) when the moon is completely within the disk of the sun. The totality of the annular portion of the eclipse is 4 minutes and 26 seconds.
  • 3rd contact at 7:38pm when the moon touches the edge of the disk of the sun on its way out of the sun’s disk. The sun sets at 8:20pm before the eclipse is over.
Information provided by The Albuquerque Astronomical Society

Just a reminder the sky will darken a bit, but there will still be a blindingly bright ring (an “annulus” in Latin) of sun, and it’s dangerous to look directly at it.

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