LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)— Griffith Observatory hosted a free public viewing of a rare, late-afternoon partial eclipse of the sun on Thursday.

The maximum eclipse hit just before 3:30 p.m., and was viewed by visitors at the Observatory, including students from Bloomington’s Crestmore Elementary School.

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“We read a novel about some kids who watched a solar eclipse and we have been studying the solar system and have been so excited about coming here,” said Kathy Steele, a teacher. “We just happened to make our appointment for today so the kids got to watch a partial solar eclipse.”

But they weren’t the only ones who came the distance for the show.

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“We are looking for the sun,” said Marie Lelong, a French tourist. “Now it look nice, but it’s a small one.”

The last partial eclipse was back in May of 2012.

The next eclipse is expected to take place on Aug. 21, 2017.

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To watch an archived stream of the eclipse, click here.