2012 Solar Eclipse

LA Times reports —What is the best time to watch this Sunday’s solar eclipse? Below is a list of times to view the evening astronomical show from a handful of places in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.

The places with the best view will see a “ring of fire” eclipse, or an “annular” eclipse, in which the moon will appear to cross into the dead center of the sun, blocking almost all the light except for the sun’s outer fringes, creating a burning ring.

The best spots for viewing include the far northern edge of California, Arizona, southern Utah and New Mexico.

Closer to Southern California, viewers will see a partial, crescent-shaped eclipse, with the moon covering about 85% of the sun’s diameter — an impressive bite. Check out this NASA Google map to find locations wherever you live.

Location Start Partial Eclipse Start Annular Eclipse Max Eclipse End Annular Eclipse End Partial Eclipse % of sun diameter covered
Crescent City 5:07 pm 6:23 pm 6:26 pm 6:28 pm 7:35 pm 97%
Albuquerque, N.M. 6:29 7:33 7:35 7:38 8:36 97%
Redding 5:11 6:26 6:28 6:30 7:36 96%
Zion National Park 6:23 7:31 7:34 7:36 8:37 96%
Lake Tahoe 5:15 6:29 6:31 6:32 7:37 95%
Chico 5:13 6:28 6:30 6:31 7:37 95%
Eureka 5:09 6:25 6:27 6:29 7:36 95%
Grand Canyon 5:25 6:33 6:35 6:37 7:38 94%
Yosemite Village 5:18 6:33 7:39 92%
Sacramento 5:15 6:31 7:38 92%
Las Vegas 5:23 6:35 7:39 92%
San Francisco 5:15 6:32 7:39 90%
Monterey 5:18 6:34 7:41 88%
Palm Springs 5:26 6:38 7:42 86%
Lancaster 5:24 6:37 7:42 86%
Downtown L.A. 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Malibu 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Griffith Observatory 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Burbank 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Woodland Hills 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Chatsworth 5:24 6:37 7:42 85%
Santa Monica 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Alhambra 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Arcadia 5:24 6:38 7:42 85%
Rowland Heights 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Ontario 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Anaheim 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Oxnard 5:25 6:38 7:42 85%
Long Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Redondo Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Palos Verdes 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
Huntington Beach 5:25 6:38 7:42 84%
San Diego 5:27 6:39 7:43 83%

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