Countdown to the Annular Eclipse
Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Arizona Science Center
Watch the Sun-sational Unfold on October 14
In place of our semi-annual Astronomy Week, Arizona Science Center is packing a week's worth of excitement into one day to watch the Annular Solar Eclipse unfold on October 14! At 7:45 a.m., the Center will open to welcome Arizonans to view one of the rarest astronomical events in our Solar System—complete with FREE special viewing glasses in order to view safely.
We invite Arizonans to spend the morning with us to watch the Sun form a halo around the Moon, then stay to explore the science behind this out-of-this-world astronomical phenomenon.
Arizona Science Center's Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party is generously supported by the Richard F. Caris Charitable Trust.
Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Schedule
7:45 a.m. | Annular Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Begins
8:11 a.m. | Annular Eclipse Begins
9:32 a.m. | Annular Eclipse Hits its Maximum Coverage
11:02 a.m. | Annular Eclipse Ends
12:00 p.m. | Annual Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Ends
What Can I Expect?
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. Because the Moon is farther from Earth, it appears slightly smaller than the Sun when it covers it. When this happens, the Sun creates a fiery halo around the Moon! During the annular eclipse, it’s never safe to look directly at the Sun without specialized eye protection. Arizona Science Center will be providing FREE solar viewing glasses to all Guests so everyone can view safely!
Phoenix will experience about 80% coverage, producing a dramatic shadow cast down on our city—don’t miss it!
Get a Sneak Peek of an Annular Eclipse
Curious about what you'll be seeing on October 14? Check out the video below to see an Annular Eclipse through a telescope—captured by Arizona Science Center!
Eye Safety During an Annular Eclipse
It's never safe to look at the Sun during an eclipse! Learn more about optical safety with NASA. Remember: Arizona Science Center will have FREE specialized eclipse glasses on October 14!
What's the Difference?
Did you know there's four different types of solar eclipses? Learn what makes an 'annular' eclipse different from a total eclipse, partial eclipse and hybrid eclipse with NASA!