Update 1:05 p.m.

Downtown employees and university students celebrated the arrival of the total solar eclipse with loud cheers heard all across downtown Lincoln.

Cloud cover over Lincoln was significant, but the eclipse was visible to those watching in open spaces and on rooftops of apartment buildings, office complexes and atop parking garages.

In western Nebraska, several thousand people watched through mostly unobstructed skies.

As totality arrived, people broke out in cheers.

Margot Ricketts, who watched the eclipse from Alliance with her dad, the governor, marveled at the moment.

"That was crazy. That was probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen. My friends will be jealous. They're all in class right now."

Update 12:30 p.m.

Cloud cover over downtown Lincoln has increased significantly as the total solar eclipse nears.

What were relatively clear views of the partial eclipse through approved eyewear 30 minutes earlier are now somewhat obstructed.

Update noon

Put on those glasses and take a look at the sun.

The partial eclipse has started in Lincoln, with the moon passing in front of the sun. Although clouds are present, the image of the eclipse is clear through eclipse glasses.