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Solar eclipse visible in Arizona on Sunday

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PHOENIX -

There will be a rare treat in the skies this weekend, and part of Arizona will get the full show.

We're talking about a solar eclipse. It's going to happen Sunday evening, and it's the first one in the U.S. since 1994.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun. The moon casts a shadow over the earth as it moves across.

This solar eclipse is being called an annular, or a ring eclipse. Since the moon is too far away from earth, it won't completely cover the sun. Instead a ring will shine around the moon.

It's not as dramatic as a total solar eclipse, but it's still one heck of show.

People living in northern California and southern Oregon, all the way to west Texas will get the full eclipse.

That includes a good chunk of northern Arizona.

The rest of Arizona will get a partial eclipse.

Here in the valley, it will start at 5:29 Sunday evening.

The moon will take a big chunk out of the sun, reaching its peak at 6:39 pm. Not a full eclipse in the Phoenix area, but still, a great show as it continues through sunset.

Of course, a word of warning: You don't want to look directly at the eclipse with your naked eye, or through binoculars or a telescope.

You could do permanent damage to your eye.

How to watch a solar eclipse safely: www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html

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