On August 21, 2017, sky gazers will be able to witness a rare and remarkable cosmic sight as the first total solar eclipse in nearly four decades will cross the entire United States. Weather permitting, Arizona gazers will be getting a great seat for viewing the solar eclipse as Meteor Crater will have 70 percent visibility and is hosting a Solar Eclipse Viewing Party from 9:15am – 12:03pm. The eclipse will begin at 9:15am (Arizona time); maximum eclipse time at 10:36am (Arizona time); and will end at 12:03pm (Arizona time).
A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet, creating a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic sight. Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse, with Arizona getting 60-80 percent visibility.
People in Arizona seeking a place to view this spectacle can get great seats during the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party at Meteor Crater. From 9:15am – 12:03pm., Meteor Crater will have a limited amount of eclipse viewing glasses that will be given away on a first come, first serve basis. Doors open at 7:00am!
States that fall within the Eclipse’s path across the U.S will receive total visibility. Only totality reveals the true celestial spectacle during a total eclipse which includes the diamond ring, the Sun’s corona, strange colors in our sky, and seeing stars in the daytime.
Meteor Crater is located at I-40, Exit 233, 37 miles east of Flagstaff and 18 miles west of Winslow.
Please find links to additional sources provided by NASA (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/downloadables). Click on the name of the document to open it up in a new web browser page.
- Eclipse Fact Sheet (English): This double-sided 8.5”x11” fact sheet provides key facts about the August 2017 total solar eclipse, as well as sample activities to engage your audience.
- Eclipse Fact Sheet (Spanish): This double-sided 8.5”x11” fact sheet provides key facts about the August 2017 total solar eclipse, as well as sample activities to engage your audience.
- Eclipse Fact Sheet Panels: These panels provide graphics, key facts and a map about the August 2017 total solar eclipse. Also available are sample activities to engage your audience.
- Eclipse Poster Panels: These panels provide graphics, key facts and a map about the August 2017 total solar eclipse. Also, there is a guide to safely view the eclipse and features of the sun that may be seen.
- Eclipse Brochure/Bookmark: This 8.5”x11” brochure has a star chart on the front and a composite image of the sun on the back. The brochure identifies things you may see during totality such as bright stars and planets and key features in the sun’s corona. Users can tear off a bookmark featuring an eclipse sequence and pinhole projector activity.
- Eclipse Information Card: This 3.5”x2” card has a composite image of the sun on the front and on the back, links to the NASA eclipse education website and NASA social media accounts.
- Eclipse Across America Red-White-and-Blue Poster: This poster, designed exclusively for NASA, measures approximately 24”x36”. Please use it without modification.
- Eclipse Safety Tips (English): This 8.5”x11” bulletin provides a guide to safely viewing the eclipse on one side and links to more safety tips on the other, including how to prepare for extreme heat, camping and transportation.
- Eclipse Safety Tips (Spanish): This 8.5”x11” bulletin provides a guide to safely viewing the eclipse on one side and links to more safety tips on the other, including how to prepare for extreme heat, camping and transportation.
- Eclipse Website Resource: This double-sided 8.5”x11” flyer highlights some of the resources available on this NASA eclipse education website.
- NASA Eclipse Activity Guide: This guide supports activities for learning about the sun, light, our solar system, and eclipses. They draw upon hands-on, safe activities suitable for children as well as adults. While these activities are designed to help people prepare for the total eclipse of the sun in 2017, they can be used beyond the eclipse as part of your outreach programs. And, there is another total eclipse of the sun crossing the U.S. in 2024! Each activity includes a materials list and what you need to obtain to do the activity. Mostly, the materials that you are asked to provide are the basics: paper, pens and pencils, cardboard boxes, aluminum foil, tape, etc. There are also activities that offer people the opportunity to use smartphones and digital cameras as sensors.
- Eclipse Pinhole Postcard: View the solar eclipse safely with this card.
- Eclipse Infographic: 2017 total solar eclipse through the eyes of NASA
- Eclipse Handheld Fan
- Graphics-Only Solar Eclipse Safety Flyer