A partial eclipse of the sun will occur Thursday afternoon and people are urged not to look directly at the sun while the eclipse is taking place.
The public can get a glimpse of a partial solar eclipse Thursday afternoon as the Highland Road Park Observatory sets up special telescopes at the Burbank Soccer Complex.
Starting at 3:30 p.m., telescopes will be set up for standard solar viewing. At 5:02 p.m. the moon will make contact with the sun followed by maximum eclipse occurring at 5:59 p.m., according to the observatory. The sun will set at 6:25 p.m.
The observatory warns people against trying to view the eclipse without the necessary equipment because looking directly at the sun is dangerous to the eyes. Don’t use sunglasses, don’t try to use a hand to cover a portion of the sun and don’t try to just “take a quick look” in the direction of the sun.
Instead, there are a number of sites that can direct on how to watch the eclipse safely which include direction to make a “pinhole camera”, the use of solar filters and more.
The Thursday eclipse will be fourth and final one for the year, following the April 15 total lunar eclipse, the April 29 annular solar eclipse and the Oct. 8 total lunar eclipse.
There will be two solar eclipses next year with a total eclipse on March 20 and a partial on Sept. 13, but neither one will be visible from North America.