Solar eclipse coming to Tucson this Summer

Inching closer and closer to the biggest astronomy event in almost four decades.

On August 21st, the moon passes between the sun and the earth, creating a solar eclipse. Portions of the United States will enjoy a total eclipse for the first time since 1979.  The solar eclipse will only be partial for the state of Arizona.

In Tucson, the partial solar eclipse is slated to start around 9:16 AM and peaks at 10:36 AM. The partial eclipse comes to an end just after 12 PM. NASA estimates 59% of the sun will be blocked out by the moon over the Old Pueblo.

Keep in mind that the partial solar eclipse will be happening during the Monsoon. In the event Mother Nature spoils the sky show, the next solar eclipse of this magnitude won’t happen again until 2045.

It is important to note that looking directly at the sun during the eclipse is extremely dangerous. You can safely view the eclipse by using a solar filter, Other methods for safe observing can be found here.

Click here to read NASA’s notes on the August 21st solar eclipse.


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