On Monday, August 21, North America will see its first total solar eclipse in 38 years. The moon will come between the Earth and the sun, blocking the big fiery star from view (although protective eyewear is still required for safe viewing). The path of the eclipse will slope diagonally downward across 14 U.S. states, beginning at Lincoln Beach, Oregon and ending near Charleston, South Carolina.
Arizona isn’t on the total eclipse curve, unfortunately, but we can still expect some partial eclipse action. Meteorologists say peak viewing time is at 10:33 a.m. Let’s celebrate, (natural) black out style.
Party Planetarium Style
Tempe, Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff
Several locations throughout the state will be hosting viewing-parties for the big event. In Tempe, Arizona State University will host events from 9 a.m. to noon at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 and on Hayden Lawn. Experts will be available, telescopes will be set up and protective glasses will be provided to the first 2,000 attendees. For more info, visit asuevents.asu.edu.
In Phoenix, the Arizona Science Center’s viewing-party will kick off at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon. Protective glasses will be provided for the first 500 guests, and there will be rocket launches, eclipse-related crafts, food, planetarium shows and more. For ticket information, visit azscience.org.
In Tucson, University of Arizona will have a three-day celebration from August 18-21. The festivities will include "Create Your Own Pinhole Viewer" stations and showings of Tucson Sky and Beyond: Eclipse Edition. Protective glasses will be available for purchase. For more information, visit flandrau.org.
In Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory will open early at 8 a.m. and have a livestream from their experts in Madras, Oregon, the optimal location for viewing the eclipse. Telescopes will be set up for viewing in Flagstaff as well. For more information, visit lowellsolareclipse.com.
Grab Your Glasses
Libraries throughout the U.S. have received protective solar glasses from STAR_Net to help the community view the eclipse safely. Glasses-carrying libraries throughout the state include North Valley Regional Library, Northwest Regional Library, El Mirage Library, White Tank Library. Buckeye, Public Library – Coyote Branch, Goodyear Library, Salt River Tribal Library, Apache Junction Public Library, Pinal County Library District- Coolidge Public Library, Maricopa Public Library and Ak-Chin Indian Community Library.
For a “cooler” eclipse look, all Warby Parker locations are providing free solar viewing glasses, now until August 21. For more information, visit warbyparker.com.
Black Out, Snack Out
From August 19-21, Sprinkles cupcakes on Scottsdale and Camelback roads will have an ode to the eclipse with its “black out” dark chocolate cupcake, not that we’ve ever needed a meteorological wonder to convince us it’s time for cake.
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