Eclipse

The countdown has begun for the Great American Eclipse, which will arc across the country on Monday. For those staying in Flagstaff for the event, here's the latest information on weather, timing and viewing opportunities.  

Monday forecast: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75.

How the eclipse will play out in Flagstaff:

  • 9:14 a.m.: Eclipse begins
  • 10:34 a.m.: Maximum eclipse (70% of sun covered)
  • 12:01 p.m.: Eclipse ends

On viewing the eclipse: At no time during the eclipse in Flagstaff is it safe to look directly at the sun. Instead, viewers need to purchase special solar eclipse glasses. A list of reputable vendors, compiled by the American Astronomical Society (AAS), is available at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters. Authorized glasses are available locally at the Lowell Observatory gift shop for $2 each.

Both NASA and the Science Channel also will be live-streaming eclipse events. NASA’s two-hour live broadcast can be seen at nasa.gov or on the NASA Channel.

The Science Channel will Facebook Live the eclipse from Lowell Observatory's event in Madras, Oregon, which is in the zone of totality. In Madras, the eclipse will take place from 9:06 a.m. to 11:41 a.m. with totality occurring from 10:19 a.m. to 10:21 a.m. Lowell Observatory will show the Science Channel's live stream on two large screens at its eclipse event Monday.

At 9 p.m. ET/PT Monday, the Science Channel will premiere “The Great American Eclipse,” a one-hour special featuring same-day footage from the event.

ECLIPSE EVENTS

Downtown Eclipse Pre-Party

When: Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Heritage Square

Details: In this event to build excitement for Monday's eclipse, there will be a limited number of solar eclipse sunglasses available for free as well as pinhole viewers, interactive crafts and opportunities to learn about this celestial occurrence by talking to Lowell educators and looking through telescopes Lowell will have set up in the square. Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra also will be on hand with instruments for kids to play alongside professional musicians, straw pan flute craft, a hosaphone to try out, and a live jazz performance by the Elden Brass Quintet at 6:30 p.m.

After that, there will be a free showing of "The Incredibles" put on by Movies on the Square. All events are free and open to the public.

Great American Eclipse Viewing Party

Where: Lowell Observatory

When: Monday, 8 a.m. to normal closing at 10 p.m.

Details: Big screens will broadcast a live stream of the total solar eclipse from Lowell’s event in Madras, Oregon. Telescopes at the Flagstaff campus will be fitted with filters for solar viewing and there will be kids crafts, educator presentations, science demonstrations and a variety of local food trucks. Lowell astronomers and educators will be on site to answer any questions and explain the various stages and phenomena of the eclipse.

Normal admission rates apply, which are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors AAA members, members of the military and college students and $8 for children ages 5 to 17. Children under 5 and observatory members are free.

Solar eclipse viewing party at Meteor Crater

When: Monday, doors open at 7 a.m. with eclipse viewing from 9:15 a.m. to 12:03 p.m.

Where: Meteor Crater is located at I-40, Exit 233, 37 miles east of Flagstaff and 18 miles west of Winslow.

Details: A limited amount of eclipse viewing glasses will be given away on a first come, first served basis. Entry to Meteor Crater costs $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for juniors ages 6 to 17 and children under 5 are free.

Solar eclipse viewing at Wupatki National Monument

When: Monday 9 a.m. to noon.

Where: 25137 Sunset Crater-Wupatki Loop, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004

Details: Park rangers and volunteers will be at pueblos throughout the monument to show the public how they can safely view the eclipse without damaging their eyes. At 9:30 a.m. a park ranger will give a talk about eclipses at the visitor center, and there will be children’s activities throughout the morning. The entry fee to Wupatki is $20 per vehicle. 

Solar Apoc-Eclipse Fun Run/Walk

When: Monday 9:15 a.m. to noon

Where: Buffalo Park

Details: Join the Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association to run through the height of the eclipse. Walk, run, jog as many laps as you can in Buffalo Park for the duration of the eclipse and we will see how many miles we can do as a group! There will be 20 Lowell Observatory Solar Experience viewers on hand.

Eclipse viewing from Arizona Snowbowl’s Scenic Chairlift

Where: Arizona Snowbowl’s Agassiz lift

When: The lift will open one hour earlier than normal, at 9 a.m. to allow visitors enough time to get to the top of Agassiz Peak and observe the eclipse. The ride up and down the mountain is approximately 25-30 minutes each way.

Details: Rides on the scenic chairlift cost $19 for adults, $13 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and under. Guests who purchase scenic chairlift tickets by Sunday at midnight will be able to save up to $5 or choose a FREE $10 gift card with the purchase of a full-priced lift ticket. Details at www.arizonasnowbowl.com/specials

Emery Cowan can be reached at (928) 556-2250 or ecowan@azdailysun.com

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Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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