If you're into this sort of thing, some lucky folks living on west side of the US get to watch a full annular solar eclipse on the 20th of May. The next one for the USA isn't until Aug 21 2017. From what I've read, this year’s event will only knock out 88% of the sun, so unfortunately it will not darken the skies as much as a total solar event does but it is rare to see one of these.
Looking at the sun during annularity (when the moon is perfectly aligned) will damage
your eyes as much as looking at the sun on a clear day. Specific sun filters need to be used while viewing or shooting pictures and dark glasses or welding goggles will not protect
your eyes from damage.
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The sky should darken enough to be able to see Venus all the while becoming a darker blue tint. The site angle from the horizon is supposed to be low; 22 degrees at the California coast to a lower sun setting view of 5 degree angle at Albuquerque NM, so a good view of an unobstructed horizon is preferred. Further south and east, photographers should be able to catch the eclipse during sunset.
The event starts in California about 6:24 PM PDT and ends in the Texas area around 7:36 PM MDT.
Other areas of the US except some of the more eastern most states might see a partial eclipse but for those in the zone it should last about 4-6 minutes.
It hits the lower 48 around Klamath Ca. close to the Oregon border then travels southeast ending around Abilene Texas.
Some of the larger cities in the path include:
Redding and Red Bluff
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This is a good one for the kids as well as the photographers. Filters are not really that expensive, but may be higher priced and harder to find as time gets closer.
You can always build a cheap viewer
I'll be looking for cool clear weather. Lassen NP
and Great Basin NP
are on my list as a viewing point. After the daytime event is over, both parks are great spots for nighttime sky viewing.