A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, briefly blocking part or all of the sun's light. A partial eclipse will occur on the morning of March 7 and will be visible in Southern California.
As seen from Los Angeles, the eclipse will begin at 8:55 a.m. and end at 10:47 a.m. At maximum, which occurs at 9:50 a.m., 36% of the sun's image will be obscured by the moon, according to the Griffith Observatory.
Because this is a partial eclipse, the sky will not darken noticeably, but the right equipment can provide a better look at this rare phenomenon. Griffith Observatory will be open from 8:30 a.m. until noon on March 7 so that the public can view the eclipse through the observatory's solar telescopes.
Do not look directly at the sun during the partial eclipse, because such exposure can damage the eyes.
For more information call the Griffith Observatory at (213) 664-1191.
HEALTH AND MEDICINE
An American Diabetes Assn. seminar on "Food, Sex and Diabetes," from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Burbank Airport Hilton will feature 20 workshops, experts in diabetic care and exhibits of products and services. To register call (213) 381-3639.
"Should We Ration Health Care for Older Americans?" will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Edward L. Schneider, dean of USC's Andrus Gerontology Center and School of Gerontology, at noon March 9, Room 224 of the USC Gerontology Center. Call (213) 743-2916.
SCIENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY
Cornell University professor Margaret Rossiter will discuss "What's Next for Women in Science?" at a science, ethics and public policy seminar at Caltech, at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in the Judy Library on campus. Call (818) 356-3630.
Hands-on projects for children and adults, a workshop for teachers and more than 65 natural science exhibitors will be on hand for the 9th annual Environmental Education Fair at the Los Angeles State and County Arboretum in Arcadia, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 11. Call (818) 446-8251.
Chumash Indian astronomy, constellations and myths will be featured in "Crystals in the Sky" at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History planetarium. Program times are 3 p.m. on Saturdays; 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. on Sundays, now through April 2. Call (805) 682-4711.
"An Introduction to Simple Celestial Navigation" is the topic of the Moorpark College Astronomy program, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Carlsberg Amphitheater on campus. Call (805) 378-1408.
The constellations of the spring skies, and the myths associated with them, will be explored at the Los Angeles Valley College planetarium show, 8 p.m. March 10 at the Van Nuys campus. Call (818) 781-1200, Ext. 335.
Zahi Hawass, director of antiquities, Giza Egyptian Antiquities Organization, will discuss the pyramids of Egypt at 8 p.m. today, Griffith Observatory. Call (213) 664-1191.