The forecast warned of cloudy skies in Monterey, but the Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School community turned their eyes skyward anyway in hopes of catching a glimpse of the great solar eclipse of 2017.
Middle School science teacher Theresa Clarkson organized a viewing station with eclipse glasses, pinhole projectors, a thermometer to collect data for citizen science, and props to demonstrate what happens during a total solar eclipse.
As eclipse time approached, a smattering of students, parents, and faculty hoped for the best. Alas, the phenomenon was indeed obscured by gray, but a slight darkening of the sky and a drop in temperature gave indications that Monterey's 71 percent piece of the sun-moon pie did in fact occur.
Live streams of the eclipse helped ease the pain.