March 21 2018

Hundreds turn out for eclipse viewing party in Bethlehem

March 21 2018, 10:12 | Van Peters

Hundreds turn out for eclipse viewing party in Bethlehem

Hundreds turn out for eclipse viewing party in Bethlehem

They handed out solar eclipse glasses and provided explanations about the celestial event. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.

Citizens gathered at the Guntersville Public Library Monday for free Moon Pies, Sun Drop and of course, the solar eclipse.

Clouds hung over the Iron Range on Monday, blocking out the view for the much anticipated solar eclipse.

The first floor of the Tewksbury Public Library was packed with at least 500 people eager to see the solar eclipse.

One of the biggest questions we've gotten about the August 21 solar eclipse is, " you've told me it's happening, but what time?"

"Prior to the distribution of glasses at promptly 1 p.m. there was a presentation of the safety requirements, safe usage, and the dangers of unprotected eclipse viewing given on the steps of the library".

Another eclipse is on track for 2024 and Pennsylvania is set to be covered in more of the moon's shadow, said Fred Marschak, a local astronomy teacher heavily involved in Saint Francis University's Science Outreach Center.

The partial eclipse, when the moon starts to cross paths with the sun, began around noon.

The last time the country saw a national eclipse was in 1979.

The total eclipse was only visible in a narrow band of about 60 miles across, stretching diagonally from a beach in OR to a beach in SC.

“It was just a lot of fun to make together, ” she said. However, they'll eventually have to go in the trash anyway because you can't use these glasses for the next solar eclipse in 7 years.

"I was meant to be here", Kalin said.

The self-proclaimed "NASA nerd", said the greatest risk to the eyes is the amount of radiation a person might receive if they were to "stare" at sun during an eclipse, or even on a bright, sunny day.

There's nothing quite like a celestial event, the likes of which hasn't been seen in almost 40 years, to provide some sorely needed perspective into our Earthbound activities. So, when people first put on the protective glasses there reactions were the same, "Oh my God, it's already happening, I can see it".

Brown said that while she and her granddaughter aren't particularly interested in space, the viewing party was a unique experience for McDaniel. A representative said Saturday there will be 800 pairs of glasses at the event.

"We realized we were going to get a crowd when we began receiving telephone calls every few minutes", Hunt said. A shade 14 welding lens is the only lens adequate for viewing the eclipse, according to NASA.

The only thing lacking was a good view of the eclipse.

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