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Visitors at the Griffith Observatory look at the eclipse through special glasses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

At the Griffith Observatory, John Calderon looks at the solar eclipse through a welder's mask.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

A kite flies over the partially eclipsed sun at Angels Gate Park in San Pedro.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

An enthusiastic crowd at the Griffith Observatory looks at the solar eclipse through special glasses and other safe viewing devices.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Wuendy Zavala looks at the eclipse through a homemade viewing device at the Griffith Observatory.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

The eclipsed sun sets behind a barn and a windmill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steven Hausler / The Hays Daily News

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving only a ring visible around the edge.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Albert Cesare / Odessa American

The solar eclipse is seen through binoculars.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Randy Pench / Sacramento Bee

Standing on the Golden Gate Bridge, Maya Jaffee holds a pair of "eclipse glasses" over her camera. She and husband Rick Earnshaw are on their honeymoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: An Moonen / Los Angeles Times

Maria Diaz and Anthony Corona, both 20, dance during the eclipse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Hikers watch the solar eclipse from Papago Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Chow / The Arizona Republic

This combination picture shows an annular solar eclipse seen from Tokyo on Sunday. In an annular solar eclipse, the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking all but an outer circle of light.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images

High school students watch the annular solar eclipse in Fujisawa, near Tokyo. The eclipse was visible to wide swaths of China, Japan and elsewhere in the region before moving across the Pacific Ocean to be seen in parts of the western United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press

The solar eclipse is visible through the clouds in Kawasaki, outside Tokyo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TORU YAMANAKA / AFP / Getty Images

A businessman watches the solar eclipse at a waterfront park in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shuji Kajiyama / Associated Press

The solar eclipse is seen near Manila.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FRANCIS R. MALASIG / EPA

A man observes the solar eclipse in Ensenada.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEJANDRO ZEPEDA / EFA

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