Cal Poly and Cuesta College hosted viewing parties in San Luis Obispo for the solar eclipse Monday.
The Cal Poly Physics Department hosted the event on campus. Physics technicians and Cal Poly students had five telescopes out for spectators to experience the eclipse safely.
Organizers say it's great seeing the community come together to learn about science.
"A long time ago when people would see something like this, their sun is disappearing, they might not know why and start making sacrifices to the gods to try and bring everything," said Kevin Coulombe, physics technician. "Whereas now we got a community here that knows what's going on, they're excited to see it, and they are all out here to be a part of real-time science which is amazing. You want people to be excited about science in anyway that they can. Hearing all of the excitement from the crowd is just amazing."
People also gathered at the San Luis Obispo Cuesta College campus for the eclipse.
People in the Bowen Observatory marked the moment the moon passed in front of the sun through the observatory's telescope. A Cuesta College astronomy instructor says the telescope is outfitted with a special, narrow wavelength band that blocks 99.99% of sunlight.