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Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is hosting a free viewing party for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. This event occurs when the sun and moon cross paths, causing darkness to fall upon the Earth. The Science Center, located downtown at 600 E. Washington St., will kick off the viewing party at 9 a.m. on the day of the eclipse and offer solar-based activities and educational opportunities for attendees throughout the day.

Phoenix residents will be able to witness 64% coverage between 10:08 a.m. and 12:35 p.m., with peak coverage at 11:20 a.m.

It is essential for anyone planning to watch the solar eclipse to wear solar eclipse glasses to protect their eyes from potential sun damage.

NASA will be launching three rockets during the eclipse to study the effects on the Earth’s atmosphere, making it an exciting astronomical event not just for Phoenix but also some areas of Southwest including Texas.

For more information and updates about the event, visit the Arizona Science Center website at https://www.azscience.org/.

Overall, this rare astronomical phenomenon provides an excellent opportunity for people in Phoenix and beyond to learn more about science and space while experiencing something truly unique in nature.

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