Forget about the Sunday night blues: Southern Californians will have a ringside seat to watch the partial eclipse of the sun beginning around 5:25 p.m.
The moon will partially block the sun, resulting in a "ring of fire'" around the dark disk of the moon.
"From start to finish, it looks like something is taking a bite out of the sun, which keeps getting smaller and smaller,'' said Laura Danly, curator at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. "It's a very unusual sight."
Observers can steal a glance with the naked eye but should not look directly at the sun for more than a second or so.
"Sunglasses are not enough,'' Danly said. "You can damage your retinas if you look directly at the sun for any length of time. It's very risky -- it can lead to blindness.''
The eclipse will be the first of its kind in about 20 years.
Here's Sunday's eclipse schedule:
- 5:24 p.m.: Eclipse begins
- 6:38 p.m.: Maximum eclipse
- 7:42 p.m.: Eclipse ends
- 7:52 p.m.: Sunset
--City News Service