When to View the Solar Eclipse on Sunday

Here's when Los Angeles County residents can view the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 18 years.

A solar eclipse is expected to be visible across much of the western U.S. on Sunday, and will be visible in Los Angeles County between 5:24 p.m. and 7:42 p.m on Sunday.

"Called an annular solar eclipse, the moon and sun will exactly align Sunday, May 20, creating a "ring of fire" around the moon because of the sun's larger apparent size," reported the Huffington Post.

There will be a  viewing at the Griffith Observatory - the observatory's telescope will be outfitted with special filters, and viewing-glasses will be available for purchase.

But for those not inclined to join the crowds there, any place with a view of the sun will work.  However, NASA warns people not to look at an eclipse directly.  The best viewing options are:

The last solar eclipse visible in the U.S. was in 1994. In Los Angeles, Sunday's eclipse is the most extensive since 1992, according to the observatory.

Lori Paul May 20, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Hi Dan. Your image on this article is of a Total Solar Eclipse, where the disk (shadow) of the Moon entirely covers the disk of the Sun, enabling viewers to see the Sun's corona and and hot pink prominences (if there are any) with the naked eye. That is NOT what is occurring today. An image of a Annular Solar Eclipse looks like a ring of normal sunlight around the shadow of the Moon and absolutely must be viewed only through a special solar filter or indirectly with a pinhole camera, as you describe in your article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ecl-ann.jpg What we'll see from Altadena (and all of Los Angeles area) will be 85% of the Sun's disk covered by the Moon, because we will not be in the path of "annularity" (when the maximum amount of the Sun is covered by the Moon during an Annual Solar Eclipse). You might want to swap out your photo? Or post both total and annular solar eclipse photos with explanatory captions? With 85% of the Sun obscured by the Moon at maximum today, we should notice a slight drop in the daylight around us, but not as much "dimming" as one might expect. Wishing you happy, SAFE viewing of the Partial Annular Eclipse of the Sun today!
Dan Abendschein May 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Thanks Lori, fixed now.


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