Get ready to bask in the awe-inspiring celestial dance of the sun and moon! On Saturday, October 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse will cross North, Central, and South America. For us here in Los Angeles, the sun will only be covered somewhere between 70-to-74 percent. Please do not look directly into the solar eclipse without proper eyewear protection.
What Is A Solar Eclipse?
According to the Griffith Observatory, as seen from Earth, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth and fully or partially blocks the Sun. In a partial eclipse, the Moon and Sun are not exactly in line, and only a portion of the Sun’s disc is blocked.
When To Catch The Annular Solar Eclipse
As mentioned above, Los Angeles will witness a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin around 8:08 a.m. The maximum eclipse is at 9:24 a.m. and is expected to end at 10:50 a.m.
Where To Watch The Solar Eclipse In Los Angeles
- Pasadena City College
- PCC is inviting folks to watch the eclipse through solar telescopes and eclipse glasses! Guests will also be able to participate in activities like pinhole camera making and phases of the moon demos.
- Griffith Observatory
- The Griffith Observatory has scheduled a public observing event and live online presentation. The event is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. If the weather permits, solar telescopes will be staffed to offer safe views for visitors.
How To Safely Watch The Annular Solar Eclipse At Home
Please know that proper eye protection is important to shield the eyes from blinding solar radiation. Looking directly at the solar eclipse will cause severe and even permanent eye damage. If you do not have solar eclipse glasses on hand, you can still experience the eclipse by using the pinhole method. Pinhole projection is when sunlight passes through a small opening to project the solar image onto a nearby surface. A favorite way is grabbing two index cards, poking one with a hole and the other used as a projector. Safe viewing!