My eclipse-watching friend, Michael, sent out this great notice about the annular eclipse that will be visible from Los Angeles on Sunday, May 20, 2012. Michael, and his wife Keri, have traveled all over the world to view eclipses, including Turkey and Mongolia. He gives some great advice and links on how to safely observe the eclipse.
Annular eclipse Sunday partial View in Los Angeles! Just before Sunset!
View safely!! Don’t look at it directly! if you don’t have Viewing glasses…
“Unsafe filters include color film, some non-silver black and white film, medical x-ray films with images on them, smoked glass, photographic neutral density filters and polarizing filters. Solar filters designed to thread into eyepieces which are often sold with inexpensive telescopes are also dangerous. They should not be used for viewing the Sun at any time since they often crack from overheating. Do not experiment with other filters unless you are certain that they are safe. Damage to the eyes comes predominantly from invisible infrared wavelengths. The fact that the Sun appears dark in a filter or that you feel no discomfort does not guarantee that your eyes are safe.”
Los Angeles will get a Partial View –
This is from The Griffith Observatory page...