Apr 4, 2024 - News

What Arizona will experience during the April 8 solar eclipse

<span style="display: block;text-align: center;">Path of the April 8, 2024 eclipse</span>
Data: NASA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Phoenix is a thousand miles from the exciting "path of totality" that will see near-total darkness during Monday's solar eclipse, but we'll still get a glimpse of the celestial anomaly.

Why it matters: Total solar eclipses that span the contiguous U.S. are exceedingly rare — we won't see another one until 2045, Arizona Science Center engagement specialist Celeste Kenworthy tells us.

The big picture: Around 64% of the Sun will be obscured by the Moon for the eyes of Phoenix residents — with the eclipse starting at 10:08am and peaking at 11:20am. The forecast calls for periods of sunshine and clouds throughout the day.

  • At the peak, the eclipse will resemble an upside-down Cheshire Cat smile and the sky will darken to a dusk-like glow, Kenworthy says.

Between the lines: You will need special glasses to view the eclipse, and a solar filter for your camera or phone if you want to photograph the event.

Zoom in: The Phoenix Public Library is providing free glasses while supplies last, and many branches are hosting viewing parties on Monday.

Zoom out: The southeastern corner of Arizona will see the biggest chunk of the eclipse, with Douglas experiencing about 75% coverage.

  • Tucson will see about 70%.

Businesses are cashing in on the hype with specialty items and deals.

  • Krispy Kreme's special Total Solar Eclipse Doughnut, which features a whole Oreo cookie in the center, will be available Friday through Monday.
  • Sonic Drive-In has a new cotton candy and dragon fruit-flavored black slush, which the chain says represents the eclipse's "temporary darkness."
  • Pizza Hut is offering large pizzas for $12 Monday in a deal dubbed "Total Eclipse of the Hut."
  • Burger King has a buy-one-get-one free Whopper deal Monday, Today.com reported.

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