San Angelo watches 2017 solar eclipse

For the first time in 99 years a solar eclipse was seen coast to coast in America. Hundreds in San Angelo gathered to watch the sky as the 2017 great eclipse took center stage.

SAN ANGELO - For the first time in 99 years a solar eclipse was seen coast to coast in America. Hundreds in San Angelo gathered to watch the sky as the 2017 great eclipse took center stage. 

You could say that there was a bit of disguise on display on Monday afternoon. "It seemed like the sun is the moon," said Ambleside Elementary School student, Katriel Levine. "At first it looked like the moon was taking a bite out of the moon you know."

Outside of the fancy telescopes, and 3-D like glasses on hand for all to see the great eclipse, what was really interesting is certain places around Foster Field where you didn't need any of the above to see the eclipse.

"If you just have one pin hole it will make one silhouette of the sun," said President of Angelo Astronomy, Andy Oliver. Just from tiny holes in leaves the eclipse could be seen. "Going through the tree you have a hundred pin holes, and so each one of them makes a reflection of the silhouette of the eclipse that's going on."

Outside of just a sight to see the 2017 solar eclipse did provide some insight. "There are actually things you can learn. The solar flares and the prominences at the point of totality," said Oliver.

All in all if you missed Monday's solar eclipse there's a good chance you won't miss the next one in 2024. "We are a hundred miles outside the path of totality like 98 percent, so it will be dark."

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