More than 1,000 people filled the Court of Sciences at UCLA on Monday to view the partial solar eclipse that began just after 9 a.m. Safe viewing lenses were handed out while they lasted, and scientists were on hand to explain the phenomenon to the curious.

The moon slid across about 65 percent of the sun's area and reached the maximum eclipse coverage at 10:21 a.m. The morning marine layer of clouds mostly lifted before the eclipse began. At 11:44 a.m. the astronomical event ended.

The event was co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences, the UCLA Institute for Planets and Exoplanets, and two UCLA student groups: Astronomy Live! and a joint organization of the Optical Society of America and the International Society for Optics and Photonics.