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2017 Arizona Solar Eclipse: Tips for Viewing in the East Valley

On August 21st the United States will see the first solar eclipse since 1979!  The path of the eclipse is from Oregon to South Carolina which also means we will not see a TOTAL eclipse in Arizona but around 2/3 of the sun will be covered during the eclipse!

Arizona Solar Eclipse | East Valley Moms Blog

Eclipse starts at 9:13 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21, Arizona time with the peak at 10:33 a.m.

This rare and historical moment will be a great one to share with your kids!

Arizona Solar Eclipse Viewing

What can you expect to see? During a solar eclipse the moon passes in front of the sun.  Some are partial (like in Arizona) and only a portion of the Sun will be covered.  The total eclipse will start in Lincoln City, Oregon and end in Charleston, South Carolina.  

How to be safe. NEVER look at directly at the sun.  Sunglasses will not provide you with enough protection.  If you have a solar filter on a telescope or binoculars you can use those for viewing or plan ahead and make a solar eclipse viewing card.

Attend a viewing party!  Let the experts do the work and explain the process! ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration is hosting an eclipse-viewing party at two locations on the Tempe campus: Outside the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 and on Hayden Lawn near the Hayden Library. Telescopes with solar filters will be set up from 9 a.m. to noon. 

The Arizona Science Center will also be offering viewing glasses for the first 50 families and have solar filtered telescopes on hand for viewing.  The event will take place on 8.21.17 from 9am-noon.

Stuck at home during nap time or at work? You can watch streaming video of the eclipse on the Web. NASA is hosting a livestream at: 

However you choose to view the solar eclipse please be safe! We will be looking out for photos across social media!  


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