Rare Astronomical Event: Total Solar Eclipse Coming to Arizona Science Center on April 8

Free Eclipse Viewing Party at Phoenix’s Science Center

Phoenix residents will have the opportunity to witness a rare astronomical event on Monday, April 8, when North America experiences a total solar eclipse. The Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is hosting a free viewing party for this phenomenon, which occurs when the sun and moon cross paths and cast darkness onto the Earth.

The Science Center, located at 600 E. Washington St., downtown Phoenix, will be hosting the event starting at 9 a.m. on the day of the eclipse. Attendees can expect to see 64% coverage between 10:08 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., with the maximum coverage occurring at 11:20 a.m. Staff will be present throughout the day to offer solar-based activities and education, provide telescopes for viewing the sky, and engage in activities to teach attendees about this unique astronomical event within our solar system.

It is important to note that anyone planning to watch the solar eclipse should wear solar eclipse glasses to protect their eyes from potential sun damage. Some areas of Arizona and the Southwest, including Texas, will experience a total solar eclipse during this time period as well. Additionally, NASA will be launching three rockets during the eclipse to study its effects on Earth’s atmosphere further.

To learn more about this exciting event or how you can participate in it at Arizona Science Center’s website at https://wwwazscienceorg/.

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