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Crowd at Griffith Observatory breaks into cheers as eclipse begins

May 20, 2012 |  6:40 pm

A huge cheer rose from the Griffith Observatory when onlookers detected the beginning of the partial solar eclipse.

"Who sees it? Who sees it?," an announcer asked over the loudspeaker as those in the crowd waved their hands in the air and whistled as the eclipse began about 5:30 p.m.

Volunteer docents explained that the moon would eventually obscure 86% of the sun's diameter.


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-- Garrett Therolf at the Griffith Observatory