Solar Eclipse: 'Ring of Fire' to appear Sunday May 20
At its peak the eclipse will block about 94 percent of the sun's light. The eclipse is set to begin at 5:24 p.m. PT and reach its peak at 6:38 p.m. The moon will finally exit the sun's path at 7:42 p.m. -- 10 minutes before sunset.
A solar eclipse occurs when the moon comes between the Earth and the Sun. A "ring of fire" event happens when the moon is close to its apogee -- the farthest possible point from Earth in its orbit -- making it a little bit too small to block out the entire sun. ]
The regular warnings apply: Do not look directly at the sun -- during the eclipse or at any other time -- either with your eyes or through telescopes or binoculuars unless using the proper filters.
Regular sunglasses are not enough to counter the sun's damaging effects -- Space.com recommends No. 14 welder's glasses.
The Los Angeles Times also suggests this method for seeing the eclipse: "Criss-cross your fingers waffle style to the sunlight, which will project the partial eclipse on the ground in front of you."