solar eclipsePhoto by Cheryl Evans/The Arizona Republic


Bad news: Arizona doesn't lie in the August 21 solar eclipse's path of totality—the only area in which one can see a total solar eclipse.

Good news: Phoenix residents and visitors can still witness a partial solar eclipse. We'll see about 60%-65% of the sun blocked out in the Greater Phoenix region. 

More good news: Only 188 years until Arizona lies in the path of totality for 2205's total solar eclipse!

Here are places in Greater Phoenix hosting events for 2017's solar eclipse:

Arizona Museum of Natural History

8/19, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
53 N MacDonald Dr, Mesa 85201

AMNH is joining the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU and the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU for a pre-eclipse party on Saturday August 19. 

The festivities include pinhole camera activities, guest speakers, model solar eclipses and lots more. The event is included with the price of museum admission.

Arizona Science Center

8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
600 E Washington St., Phoenix 85004

The science center's party includes hands-on activities such as rocket launches, eclipse art, creating your own solar eclipse viewer, special discounts on planetarium shows and more. The first 500 guests will receive a pair of solar viewing glasses.


Arizona State University

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tempe Campus - Hayden Lawn and Interdisciplinary Science and technology Building IV

View the eclipse safely through the university's solar telescopes. They'll also provide free solar-safe viewing glasses. Admission is free, and parking is available for $3 per hour at the school's Rural Road parking structure.


Mesa Community College

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Southern and Dobson Campus - 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa 85202
Red Mountain campus - 7110 E McKellips Rd, Mesa 85215

Both of MCC's campuses will be taking part in festivities that include make-it-yourself solar viewers and demonstrations. A limited supply of solar viewing glasses will be provided. The Southern and Dobson campus will also have free planetarium shows at 9, 9:30, 11 and 11:30.


Phoenix Public Libraries

Day and times vary by location

Several branches of the Phoenix Public Library system will be hosting family-friendly festivities in the days before and during the eclipse. Visit the library system's website for details.