Solar eclipse: See the huge crowds that turned out to watch in LA

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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.)

Getting ready to see the #solareclipse2017 at #griffithobservatory #losangeles #eclipse #griffithpark

A post shared by Jen B. (@vitagraphia) on Aug 21, 2017 at 8:24am PDT

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 #SolarEclipse17pic.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.

Just a few minutes till Solar Eclipse. #solareclipse2017 #lpasadena #losangeles

A post shared by The Tasty Chronicles (@tastychronicles) on Aug 21, 2017 at 9:03am PDT

Anticipation #eclipse

A post shared by Debra Doty (@whitedoty) on Aug 21, 2017 at 9:28am PDT

Eclipsing in the park! #solareclipse

A post shared by Britta Phillips (@britta_phillips) on Aug 21, 2017 at 10:14am PDT

A post shared by Tom Vandyck (@tomvandyckusa) on Aug 21, 2017 at 9:23am PDT

Eclipse total de sol 2017.

A post shared by Isabella OC (@chabelys84) on Aug 21, 2017 at 10:23am PDT

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.

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