L.A. to See Biggest Solar Eclipse Since 1992 on Sunday

Before sunset, the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun, casting a giant shadow across the land.

A solar eclipse is expected to be visible across much of the western U.S. on Sunday.

In the hours before sunset on Sunday, the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun. The eclipse will occur sometime between 5:24 p.m. and 7:42 p.m.

According to the Griffith Observatory's website, 85.9 percent of the Sun’s diameter and 78.6 percent of the Sun’s area will be obscured by the Moon at maximum, making it the most extensive solar eclipse in L.A. since 1992

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 Griffith Observatory, which is planning a public viewing.

The Griffith Observatory's telescope will be outfitted with special filters, and viewing-glasses will be available for purchase.

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.

Bambi Leigh May 18, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Just wanted to reiterate the importance of not viewing the eclipse directly with your naked eye! An easy safe way to view the eclipse on your own is with a pinhole projector. Here are instructions on how to make a proper box projector (would make for a fun kid science project?): http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html Or you can also do an easier version: two index cards, with a pinhole in one. Stand with your back to the sun and hold the cards about a foot apart so the sun shines through the pinhole onto the other card, which serves as your screen. As the eclipse progresses, you'll see the eclipsed image on your bottom card, and you can move the cards closer or further to change the size of the image.
Patricia Duran May 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Great link Bambi! Thanks!


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