Solar glasses were required for anyone who turned up to view today’s solar eclipse safely and Western University.

Thousands of people came to take in the rare event on Monday.

The public was invited to safely view the eclipse through the special glasses that were provided for free by the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The viewing will took place in front of University College on the hill. At 1:06 p.m. Monday the moon began to move in front of the sun finally hitting its maximum eclipse at 2:30 p.m.  By 3:48 p.m. the eclipse ended.

From the vantage point in London the moon covered about 75 per cent of the sun.