Cities across the country took in the spectacle of a total solar eclipse—an event that hasn’t happened nationwide in more than a century.
Unfortunately, Los Angeles wasn’t in the “path of totality,” where a full eclipse can be seen, but we were still able to view a partial solar eclipse, and that was exciting enough to draw huge crowds out to public spaces across the city for viewing parties.
Griffith Observatory was, unsurprisingly, packed. By 7 a.m. Monday, there were already 200 people on the lawn in front of the observatory, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. The line for the DASH bus to the Observatory was reportedly a block long, and a reporter for local TV news channel KTLA 5 said that by about 8 a.m., the observatory was only accessible by shuttle or on foot. (Traffic had been backed up since before sunrise.)
The line to take the bus to Griffith Observatory is a block deep. And yes, I did ask if anyone had an extra pair of glasses #SolarEclipse17 pic.twitter.com/pbe8prO0Zd— James Kim (@TooManyJames_s) August 21, 2017
The turnout at other recommended viewing spots looked pretty robust, if not quite Griffith-level. The lawn at CalTech in Pasadena appeared to have some space available.
Those who weren’t able to make it outside to watch the eclipse were still able to watch it via various live streams set up by NASA.