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Partial Solar Eclipse Sunday

Partial Solar Eclipse Sunday

On Sunday May 20th something is going on in the western US that hasn’t happened in about two decades. That's when a partial solar eclipse will block out about 83% of the sun and become visible in San Diego.  There won't be one of greater magnitude until 2071.

The eclipse begins at 5:27 p.m. and reaches its peak at 6:40 p.m. In some parts of the country, the public will see an annular eclipse; the sun will be entirely covered by the moon, except for the sun's outer edge, creating a halo effect.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets directly between Earth and the sun. Sunday’s event will be an partial solar eclipse across most of the United States and Canada, and a more compelling annular solar eclipse for a smaller group of people in the West and Southwest.

Annular eclipses occur when the moon is at or near its farthest distance from Earth on it’s non-circular orbit. Annular eclipses can be dramatic, but because they’re not total eclipses, they must be viewed with proper safety filtersWarning: Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through telescopes or binoculars without the proper filters, looking at direct sunlight can damage your eyes.


Time in San Diego



Looks like


Partial eclipse begins

May 20 at 5:28 PM



The Moon touches the Sun's edge.

Maximum Eclipse

May 20 at 6:40 PM



Moon is closest to the center.


May 20 at 7:43 PM


0.2° below

Not directly visible

Under horizon

Partial Eclipse ends

May 20 at 7:43 PM


0.3° below

Not directly visible

Under horizon


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