LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Southern Californians will get a chance Sunday to view a rare eclipse known as the “Ring of Fire.”

This Sunday’s annular solar eclipse, the first visible to the U.S. in almost 18 years, will occur when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, but not quite covering it.

KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the celestial sight will be visible in certain parts of California, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Oregon late in the day Sunday.

As the sun continues on its path, the eclipse will be visible over the north Pacific, in Japan and China on Monday morning.

The last annular eclipse in the U.S. was in 1994.

Eclipse watchers should be careful to not look directly at the sun with the naked eye or through any type of optical device, even though as much as 94 percent of it will be covered. Space.com has some tips for safely observing the eclipse.

The Griffith Observatory, which is hosting a public viewing of the eclipse Sunday between 5:24 and 7:42 p.m., will have official viewing filters and eclipse glasses available for purchase.


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