2012 Annular Solar Eclipse at the Allen Telescope Array

2012 Annular Solar Eclipse at the Allen Telescope Array

May 19-20, 2012
By Invitation Only

solar eclipse ata at hat creeek

Thank you for joining our special celebration of the 2012 annular solar eclipse at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory.

Below, you will find more information about the event, the eclipse, and the locale.

Please contact Barbara Vance or call (650) 960-4531 for any questions or problems. Her cell number is (408) 250-0805 …but remember that there is cell silence at the Observatory!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Star Party* & Astrophotography with Seth Shostak sunset to midnight


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Observatory Tour 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
BBQ Dinner 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Eclipse Viewing 5:00 p.m. to sunset
Eclipse photo tips from Seth Shostak ~5:00 p.m.
Star Party* & Astrophotography with Seth Shostak sunset to midnight.

All events are weather permitting.

*Thanks to William Phelps for bringing his telescopes.
See Venus, Mars, and Saturn like you’ve never seen them before, through one of the finest planetary telescopes on Earth! We’ll even throw in an asteroid or three.

The telescope is an Astro-Physics AP180f9, a 7.1" refractor with 1/20th wave optics, equipped with a binocular viewing attachment. This instrument is capable of showing Jupiter’s moons as disks with detectable features (atmospheric conditions permitting). We will be able to see surface features on Mars. Saturn’s rings will be breathtaking, and we will be able to see several of Saturn’s moons.

Travel, Lodging, Food, and Local Attractions

  • Directions from Mountain View to Hat Creek
  • Recommended lodging at the Shasta Pines Motel
    (530) 335-2201
    Please reference Barbara Vance or the eclipse when you make your reservations. 
  • Other Burney lodging includes Green Gables and The Charm. Call Burney Falls Lodging (37371 Main Street, Burney) at (530) 335-3300 for information and reservations.
  • Redding motels:
    Red Lion, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA (530) 221-8700
    Holiday Inn, 1900 Hilltop Drive, Redding, CA (530) 221-7500
  • Attractions and Restaurants

Eclipse Articles

Safe Viewing

Eclipse Path Maps

Eclipse and Sunset Times

Remember that the evenings may still be chilly, so dress in layers.

Thanks to Susie Jorgensen for all of her help in gathering this information!

Thanks to Steve Trimberger and the Trimberger Family Foundation for providing eclipse safety glasses for this event.