Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Amphitheater

August 20, 2017

Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Amphitheater

It’s the celestial event everyone is talking about — the total solar eclipse of 2017, also known as the Great American Eclipse or, to some, the “Super Bowl of the sky.” While we in Arizona are not in the path of totality — to us it will be a partial solar eclipse — it’s still going to be a sight to see, an event not to be missed.

Prescott will get sixty-eight to seventy percent totality during the Total Solar Eclipse. According to Diane Dutkevitch, an astronomy instructor at Yavapai College, the span of totality is only about seventy miles wide, leaving Arizona outside the span. While 100 percent won’t be possible to witness in Arizona, astronomers say the event is nevertheless worthy of attention. This eclipse will peak at approximately 10:32 a.m. in Prescott.

The Prescott Valley Public Library and the Prescott Astronomy Club will be hosting a Solar Eclipse Celebration at the Civic Center Amphitheater located at 7501 E. Civic Circle, Prescott from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be telescopes designed for safe solar viewing, talks, NASA livestream of the total solar eclipse, and more.

An eclipse occurs when the moon blocks any part of the sun, causing the moon’s shadow to sweep across the Earth. According to Jeffrey Hall, Director of Lowell Observatory, this year’s eclipse stands out because anyone in the country can view it, no special scientific background or equipment required. The eclipse has also been called the “Great American Eclipse” because of its visibility from anywhere in the United States. Catch the eclipse on Aug. 21 at some point between 9:15 a.m. to noon, because the next chance to view an eclipse in the United States will be in April 2024, with a totality from Texas to Maine.

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