If you were wondering why people were looking up to the sky Monday, no the sky wasn't falling.

For the first time in 40 years, a solar eclipse was able to be viewed in the Dodge City area around 12:30 p.m.

The moon's shadow traveled from the west coast to the east coast of the United States with only a narrow zone, called the path of totality, experiencing a total solar eclipse.

Therefore when the moon blocks out the sun completely, it had been for less than 3 minutes.

This phenomenon hasn't occurred in 40 years with another set to take place 8 years from now.

Students at the Dodge City High School were able to view the eclipse using special glasses starting around 12:40 p.m. and going through 1:15 p.m.

Some of the science students had to view the eclipse every 5 minutes and draw what they were seeing as part of their first day of school for the 2017-18 school year.