The United States of America is about to experience its first total solar eclipse since 1979, and everyone is very pumped about it. People are booking flights to Middle America and paying jacked-up hotel prices to be in the ominous-sounding "path of totality," where the sun will be completely blocked out for as long as 2½ minutes in some places. Here in L.A., we'll only see 70 percent coverage of the sun's surface, but it's still bound to be cool. Organizations — scientific and otherwise — are hosting Solar Eclipse 2017 viewings, from L.A. Public Library branches to Glendale Community College's planetarium, but the biggie is obviously Griffith Observatory, where you can watch from the grounds alongside other rapt Angelenos; the coelostat (solar telescope) will be available to visitors too. It's bound to be busy, so the facility is recommending taking the DART bus from the Vermont/Sunset Red Line station.
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