Are You Ready for the Solar Eclipse and the Viewing Parties?
Those who are in the line of totality will be lucky enough to experience a total solar eclipse and observers outside the path will experience a partial eclipse. This celestial event occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for about three hours.
Here in Arizona, we will experience the moon blocking about 70% of the sun. We won't experience a total eclipse but we will be able to observe a partial eclipse.
Our team researched and found a neat tool that shows you exactly what it will look like based on the zip code you live in. Click the interactive map below to "see" the eclipse now...
Or you could browse Benjamin Leatherman, Phoenix New Times list for one of the many viewing parties happening throughout the Valley or around Arizona.
- The Arizona Science Center will host one such event from 9 a.m. to noon, and it will feature solar-filtered telescopes for viewing the eclipse in close-up fashion, as well as free glasses for the first 500 people in attendance. Games, prizes, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and discussions are also planned. The planetarium will also have presentations devoted to the sun and the solar system. Everything is included in the regular museum admission, which is $13-$18.
- Over at Arizona State University’s main campus in Tempe, the School of Earth and Space Exploration will put on a pair of viewing events with specialized telescopes. One will happen on Hayden Lawn, while the other will be outside of Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building #4. Both are free and go from 9 a.m. until noon. They’ll also have glasses for the first 2,000 people in attendance.
- The eggheads over at Mesa Community College’s main Southern and Dobson campus, as well as its Red Mountain location, will also have their (protected) eyes looking skyward during the eclipse. Free glasses, DIY viewing devices, demonstrations, and planetarium shows are promised at both spots, and the Southern and Dobson campus will have telescopes.
- And the libraries in Apache Junction, El Mirage, Goodyear, Surprise, Buckeye, Gilbert, and Anthem will all offer viewing events open to the public.
- If you'd like to make viewing the eclipse a day-trip experience (and see a better version of the phenomenon), consider heading up north to a couple of otherworldly spots. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff will have a viewing party kicking off at 8 a.m. with solar telescopes, free glasses, a live stream direct from Oregon, and educators and astronomers available for any questions you might have. General admission is $15, while seniors, students, and military members are $14. Children ages 5 to 17 get in for $8, and those 5 and under get in free.
- Meanwhile, the Meteor Crater outside of Winslow will have its own event with free eclipse glasses and viewing devices. Doors open at 7 a.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for kids and teens ages 6-17, and free for those 5 and under.
Viewing the Total Eclipse Online: NASA will stream wall-to-wall coverage of every single second of the solar eclipse as it travels across the U.S. on August 21 via a combination of satellites, airplanes, and cameras stationed on the ground. Best of all, there's zero chance of damaging your peepers.
The next Solar Eclipse won't be viewable across the United States until 2045, so don't miss this one!
The most important thing to remember about the upcoming eclipse is that it is unsafe to look directly at the eclipse without proper eye protection. If you choose to buy protective eye-wear do so only from a reputable supplier. Various public libraries throughout the Valley are also offering eclipse glasses and education kits to residents, free of charge. (Details and locations can be found here.)
You can also free printables and video to safely watch the eclipse and teach your family about the amazing phenomenon!
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Please be safe and use all advised precautionary measures while viewing the eclipse. It's a great day...make it fun!