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View the Solar Eclipse at Griffith Observatory Sunday

The observatory offers the closest viewing event for Angelenos.

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.

Nicolas May 19, 2012 at 09:42 AM
You forgot to write that If you look directly in the sun you can damage your eyes. Do not look at the sun during the eclipse with the naked eye or even with sunglasses, use an approved solar filter, solar glasses (http://amzn.to/JVibhG), or solar projection system. Attempts to use a binoculars, telescope, or other optical viewing device without a proper filter will likely result in instant and permanent eye damage!


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