View the Solar Eclipse at Griffith Observatory Sunday

The observatory offers the closest viewing event for area residents.

Have you heard? A partial solar eclipse is expected to be visible across much of the western U.S. on Sunday, and one needs to look no further than Griffith Observatory to get a prime viewing vantage point in Los Angeles.

The eclipse will transpire before sunset on Sunday when the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun between 5:24 p.m. and 7:42 p.m. Sunday's eclipse is the most extensive since 1992, according to the observatory.

Griffith Observatory's telescope will be outfitted with special filters, and viewing-glasses will be available for purchase. The building will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. There will be telescopes on the lawn. Staffers will lead talks and explanations. For more details, including traffic advisories and transportation suggestions, visit Griffith Observatory's website

The last solar eclipse visible in the U.S. was in 1994, according the observatory's website.

NASA warns that people should never observe a solar eclipse with the naked eye, only through filtered telescopes and special glasses. To learn more about the eclipse, visit NASA's website

Chloe Ross May 17, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Using at least one layer of exposed photographic film -and preferably a couple will keep you from damage. Expensive glasses are essentially the same thing. And cheaper (local 99c Store). I viewed a total solar eclipse in NYC in early 70's using this technique and we were a group that included an eye surgeon - This should be spectacular. It should not be missed. Enjoy!


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