Solar eclipse visible in Las Vegas
on May 20, 2012
The Moon will block 91% of the Sun’s light in an annular eclipse, but it still won’t be safe to stare at the Sun. The annular phase of this solar eclipse is not visible in Las Vegas, but it can be observed there as a partial solar eclipse. The Moon covers a large portion of the Sun, so this is still a spectacular sight.
The first thing to remember about observing an solar eclipse is safety. A lunar eclipse — an eclipse of the Moon — is perfectly safe to watch with the naked eye; you’re only looking at the Moon, at night, which is quite safe. A solar eclipse is potentially dangerous, however, because viewing a solar eclipse involves looking at the Sun, which can damage your eyesight.
NEVER attempt to look at the Sun through a telescope, camera, binoculars, or anything else! A solar eclipse can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse, when the Sun itself is completely obscured by the Moon. Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions.