San Diegans view partial solar eclipse

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SAN DIEGO -- More than a hundred people gathered outside the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to view the partial solar eclipse Thursday.

It was the first partial solar eclipse visible from San Diego since 2012. The next visible one won't happen until 2017.

“Enjoy them when they hit because they are rare," said Dr. Lisa Will, the resident astronomer with the Science Center.

Fleet staff answered questions and gave demonstrations on how to safely view the eclipse. Many people used special viewing glasses available through the Science Center.

The eclipse peaked around 3:33 p.m. and ended around 4:42 p.m.

“I think one of the things about astronomy is it’s an accessible science that most people have participated in without thinking about it," Will said.