Nevada is place to be to view the upcoming solar eclipse, set to occur on May 20. A solar eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, and casts a shadow on our planet. As the moon and Earth move during the day, the shadow moves along a path — one that cuts through the center of rural Nevada.

To observe this unusual event, the Nevada Historical Society, 1650 N. Virginia St. in Reno, is offering a free lecture series and viewing party. The schedule is as follows:

March 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. Dan Ruby will give the talk “Rare Historic Nevada Meteor Sightings.”

April 21, from 2 to 3 p.m. Jim Fahey will give the talk “Why Easter Changes Each Year.”

May 19, from 2 to 3 p.m. Jim Fahey will give the talk “Today the Sun — Tomorrow the Eclipse.”

On May 20, an eclipse viewing party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Redfield Campus Observatory, 18600 Wedge Parkway in Reno.

For more on the solar eclipse lecture series and viewing party, contact the Nevada Historical Society, 775-688-1190, ext. 0.

(Above: The moon is seen in this NASA photo taken by the Expedition 28 crew aboard the International Space Station.)