Where to Catch Sunday's Solar Eclipse in Arizona

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Ring of fire: A photo of an annular solar eclipse from 2011. 
Cosmic forces and heavenly bodies will align to create something quite spectacular in the Arizona sky this weekend. An annular solar eclipse will take place late Sunday afternoon just before sunset and will cause the sun to darken considerably.

Since this particular solar eclipse's "path of totality" will cross through Arizona, it will be partially or mostly visible throughout most of the state. And a few local stargazers are planning viewing parties where the public can (safely) witness the cosmic event firsthand.

For those who slept through astronomy class in high school or college, an solar eclipse is when the moon's passes between the sun and Earth, causing that great burning sphere to be partially or totally obscured. Due to the relative position of both the Earth and moon, this is considered to be an annular eclipse in which the sun isn't completely covered and a ring of light peeks out from the edges.

And for the first time in almost 20 years, this cosmic event will be viewable in Arizona starting at 5:31 p.m. on Sunday. The eclipse will reach totality at 6:40 p.m. and will end at approximately 7:20 p.m.

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As the map to the right indicates, the best place to spy the eclipse is near Flagstaff. It also will be viewable in the Valley, with the majority of the sun being obscured in the skies over Phoenix.

As any optometrist would tell you, it's not advisable to stare at the sun during an annular solar eclipse since solar rays will be blasting out around the edges. If you don't have a filtered telescope or eclipse glasses, you can use an ordinary CD-R or construct a simple DIY pinhole camera to check out the eclipse. (The eggheads at NASA also have a few tips on how to view the event without damaging your peepers).

The East Valley Astronomy Club will also set up several filtered telescopes for a special solar eclipse viewing party at the Riparian Preserve At Water Ranch in Gilbert starting at 5:15 p.m. on Sunday. Participation is free.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Astronomical Society will be holding its "Solar Eclipse and Star Party" for the general public that will also utilize specialty telescopes and other equipment at 8030 Golden Spur Lane in Carefree starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is also free.

If you're game for getting out of town for the weekend, however, the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff will offer a viewing experience of its own starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday evening, as well as guest lectures and multimedia presentations on the eclipse.

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1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ

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hjames1623
hjames1623

Great article! My husband is an opthamologist in Tucson AZ and he had a lot of people ask him about looking at the eclipse. The truth is, it does hurt your eyes! Don't forget to protect your eyes if you ever want to look at one. http://www.retinacenterspc.com/content/hlh.cfm

solarama
solarama

The Science Center says it will have some telescopes in Heritage Square starting at 5pm

Cheryl Combs
Cheryl Combs

solar eclipse you can view Sunday at around dusk.  Be sure to read how to view this safely.  Will not be total in our area, but spectacular anyway. 

Rodinajordan
Rodinajordan

Given the Navajo's belief on viewing eclipses, I really feel bad that a majority of believers on the reservation won't be able to see it or let their kids watch it as well. It will definately be visible in the 4 corners area and it won't come around again in our lifetimes. Heck, I'm part Navajo and I could care less about a stupid belief like that. I'm going to see it before I die!!!

She Wolf
She Wolf

 You should do what city Indians do, head over to the local Indian casino on any local rez and get drunk as shit like a good Indian should and waste your hard earned cash in those rip off  slot machines until your dead broke and depressed and head on home in your car drunk as a skunk. thats an Indian life is 2012.

Danyo9467
Danyo9467

That's usually white people who do that. Natives don't play at their own casinos. We know better haha. So thanks to all the white people who waste their cash and pay me every 3 months. Hahaha!!!

Dulceparra
Dulceparra

Do you really go blind if you see it ?

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

 no thats all bullshit. its ok to stare straight into the sun.

warmonkey
warmonkey

 No, not if you just glance at it for a second or two- but if you look at it too long it will damage your eyes.

EL WRAY BONESHACK
EL WRAY BONESHACK

 no thats not true at all, it is ok to stare straight into the bright sun as long as you want.

Stargazer
Stargazer

The Challenger Space Center will also have telescopes with solar filters on Sunday afternoon.

STEVIE WONDER
STEVIE WONDER

I plan on staring straight into the sun without sunglasses to witness this event first hand.

Catriona
Catriona

Your name makes this post awesome. lol

MESCALITO
MESCALITO

  Im gonna eat some local Arizona grown desert peyote and watch it and listen to some Grateful Dead tunes while im tripping on peyote/mescalito.

starfire
starfire

Another interesting event. Too bad they don't have a science writer on staff. Quote: "
Cosmic forces and heavenly bodies will align to create something..."    'Heavenly bodies'.. ??   

Quote:  " For those who slept through astronomy class in high school or college, an solar eclipse is when the moon's passes between the sun and Earth..."   The Moon's WHAT passes ?    And: Quote: " ....the best place to spy the eclipse is near Flagstaff."  "Spy" ??  What, we have to sneak up on it to see it ?  Quote: " As any optometrist would tell you, it's not advisable to stare at the sun.."   Optometrist ?  They do GLASSES ! You might have used Opthamologist.  An Opthamologist  is a medical doctor..  with an MD degree !   Sorry  Benjamin. 

Nancy
Nancy

Just hold out the CD perpendicular to the sun and look at the shadow it makes on the ground (or given the time of day, on a wall).  It's also cool to look at the light and shadows under a tree.  Every spot of light that shines onto the ground will be eclipse-shaped.

Stewie
Stewie

Do you line up the hole of the CDR with the sun eclipse? People need to know!

guest23
guest23

  No you line up the hard male cock to the female vagina then plunge forward.

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