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Solar Eclipse 2017: Eclipse-viewing parties and events around Arizona

Solar Eclipse 2017: Eclipse-viewing parties and events around Arizona
Posted at 3:25 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 16:43:14-04

On Monday morning, August 21, the United States will experience a Total Solar Eclipse.

It's the first total eclipse visible to the U.S. in 38 years, according to NASA. That means the last one was in 1979.

During the eclipse, the moon will pass between the Earth and the Sun completely (and temporarily) blocking our view of the sun.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Everything you need to know about it

In Arizona, we will see a partial eclipse, which means we'll see some of the sun covered. The eclipse will start in Arizona at 9 a.m. with its peak around 10:33 a.m.

(The "path of totality," a 70-mile-wide stretch between Oregon and South Carolina, is where people will be able to see the total eclipse.)

Museums, science centers and libraries in Arizona are hosting eclipse-viewing parties and events with themed activities, crafts and specialty glasses to view the eclipse. We've rounded them up below:

Did we miss one? Send an email to Josh.Frigerio@abc15.com with the details.

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRE-ECLIPSE PARTY (AUGUST 19)

The Arizona Museum of Natural History in Mesa is hosting a pre-eclipse party from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on August 19 with themed crafts and activities throughout the museum, according to its website. People will be able to look through telescopes, make a craft to simulate the moon's phases and speakers.

The event will be included with museum admission which is $7 - $12.

IF YOU GO:
Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald, Mesa AZ 85201
http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org

 

PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY - AUGUST 19-20

At least five branches part of the Phoenix Public Library will have eclipse-related events. You can view a calendar of events, here. Some branches have also received a few eclipse viewers, but quantities are limited. Most of the programming is geared towards kids.

Programming:
Aug. 19: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Desert Broom
Aug. 19: 12 p.m. - 2 p.m., Yucca Library
Aug. 19: 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Ocotillo
Aug. 19: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Century
Aug. 20: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Ironwood Library

 

AUGUST 21ST EVENTS

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY - HAYDEN LAWN

ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration will host a free eclipse-viewing party from 9 a.m. - noon on Hayden Lawn and at the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB). ASU-themed solar glasses will be handed out and telescopes will be out on the lawn. 

Exhibits and a 3-D presentation will be screened inside ISTB and the Marston Exploration Theater.

The closest parking structure is off Rural Road. Parking is $3 per hour. The closest light rail platform is University and Rural.

View map of ASU Tempe campus.

 

ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER

The Arizona Science Center will have eclipse-related activities and crafts from 8 a.m. - noon on August 21. The first 300 people will receive special glasses to watch the eclipse. Activities include a rocket launch, eclipse crafts and discounted tickets to the planetarium and theater.

The activities are included with regular admission, $13 - $18.

IF YOU GO:
Arizona Science Center, 600 W. Washington Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
https://www.azscience.org

 

MESA COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Mesa Community College will host viewing parties at two of its campuses -- Dobson and Southern and Red Mountain. The parties start at 9 a.m. and end at noon on August 21.

Special glasses to view the solar eclipse will be handed out while supplies last, a news release said. It did not specify how many glasses will be available. There will also be demonstrations, information about the eclipse, concessions and the ability to make a solar viewer.

There will be free planetarium shows at the Dobson and Southern campus only. Shows are scheduled for 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

IF YOU GO:
Southern & Dobson campus: 1833 W. Southern Avenue, Mesa AZ
Red Mountain campus: 7110 E. McKellips Road, Mesa AZ

 

CHANDLER-GILBERT COMMUNITY COLLEGE - PECOS CAMPUS

Astronomers in Chandler-Gilbert Community College's astronomy program will be hosting an eclipse-viewing party that is free and open to the public. People will be able to view the eclipse through a telescope and make pinhole camera, a safe way to watch the eclipse. The astronomers will also be able to answer questions.

The event will be at the Pecos Campus from 9 a.m. - noon.

IF YOU GO:
Pecos Campus, Ironwood Hall, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler AZ 85255

 

METEOR CRATER AZ (WINSLOW)

Meteor Crater Arizona, an attraction near Winslow, Arizona at the site where a meteorite crashed into the desert some 50,000 years ago, is hosting an event for the eclipse. Guests will be able to receive special glasses to watch the eclipse, according to a tweet.

No other specific details were released. Gates will open at 7 a.m. General admission is $18 for adults and $9 for children. There are discounts for seniors and military members.

IF YOU GO:
Meteor Crater AZ, Interstate 40 at exit 233.

 

LOWELL OBSERVATORY (FLAGSTAFF)

Lowell Observatory, the space research institution that discovered the then-planet Pluto, will have its telescopes ready to observe the solar eclipse. From 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., there will be various programs throughout the day including access to the telescopes, a live stream of the eclipse from Oregon, and a craft to make your own pinhole viewer. The event is included with general admission which is $15 and $8 for kids.

IF YOU GO:
Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff AZ 86001
https://lowell.edu/

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed the wrong day of the week for the total eclipse. It will take place on Monday, August 21, not Saturday.