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Griffith Observatory Hosts Free Public Viewing, Online Webcast Of Partial Solar Eclipse

LOS ANGELES (  —  Griffith Observatory is hosting a public viewing of a rare and partial late-afternoon eclipse of the sun from 2:07 to 4:39 p.m. Oct. 23.

The event, of course, is held weather permitting.

The observatory will have dozens of telescopes at the ready for what is likely to be a large crowd.

Admission is free to the public. The Griffith Observatory is at 2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, 90027.

The maximum eclipse should occur at 3:27 p.m.

Officials remind the public to never look directly into the sun, even during an eclipse. "It is essential to wear the proper eye protection when looking at the sun," the Observatory said in a statement.

Affordable eclipse glasses will be available at the Stellar Emporium gift shop. The Observatory and Cafe at the End of the Universe will be open but spectators are also asked to bring water, as well as hat, sunscreen and walking shoes. Also note, "If parking near the Observatory (including around the Greek Theatre and along Western Canyon Road) is full, vehicle access via the Vermont and Fern Dell park gates may be suspended."

For those wanting to avoid driving and parking, the Observatory also plans to provide a live webcast of the event.

See the live stream from 2 to 4:45 p.m. by clicking here.

Miss this eclipse? The next one visible in the LA area will take place in August 2017.

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