Not only is Friday the first day of Spring, it also bring a very rare solar eclipse. The total eclipse of the sun will not be visible in Grand Junction, but you can watch it happen LIVE  on-line.

Exactly how rare is this event?

Well, for starters, according to Business Insider, this is the first time since the turn of the century that a total solar eclipse has coincided with the first day of Spring. It won't happen again until 2034. After that, it won't happen again until 2053 and 2072.

This is the only total eclipse this year, but only a small percentage of people will get to see it in Greenland, Europe, and North Africa.

We have just one or two solar eclipses every year, so the event itself is rare. But, to have the event occur on the same day as the vernal equinox is extremely rare.

Fortunately, those of us living outside the viewing area don't have to miss this celestial happening. The Slooh Community Observatory will host a 2 1/2 live viewing of the event on-line beginning at 2:30am Friday,  Grand Junction time. If you miss this total solar eclipse, there is only four more between now and 2020. Watch a replay of the eclipse here.