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University of Arizona Eclipse Events

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(There are 3 events described here: at the Mall near Flandrau, at the Mall near Student Union, and at Sabino Canyon.) The upcoming solar eclipse  is August 21. In Tucson, it's a partial eclipse: a maximum of about 60% of the sun will be covered. Two major UA-related events will take place. First, on the UA campus, there's an event on the Mall in front of Flandrau Planetarium. This event is sponsored by Steward Observatory, LPL, Optical Sciences, and Flandrau. Telescopes will be on the Mall from 9am to noon, weather permitting. Flandrau will waive entrance fees during these hours, and will have live feeds from sites in the regions of totality (totality starts in Oregon at about 10am MST and ends in South Carolina at about 11:45am MST). [more Flandrau events below] The Flandrau phone number is (520) 621-4516. 

The UA Astronomy Club will have telescopes in front of the Student Union.

Please note that this is the first day of classes at UA. Parking will be difficult at best, and many students will be on campus. 

The second event is sponsored by Mt Lemmon Sky Center (phone (520) 626-8122). It will be held at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, on the north side of the main ramada from 9am to noon MST.  People should be aware that while the eclipse viewing is free, the day use fee is still required by the US Forest Service to enter Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Solar Eclipse viewers will be available for sale at the visitor center.

Flandrau has eclipse glasses, for purchase, that allow you to watch the eclipse safely. Do not look at the Sun through binoculars or even through the view finder of your camera (as opposed to the LED screen) without special filters. Focused sunlight can quickly heat up the optics of your camera, so be careful. 

You can learn more at the NASA site HERE and at Sky and Telescope.


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