More than 1000 attend eclipse viewing party at McAllen library

A rare opportunity had millions of people looking to the sky on Monday.

What would happen when the moon moved in front of the sun? The glasses will be given out one per family.

"Even though it wasn't the total eclipse, it was close enough", said Shirley Seipp, who came to the event with her husband, Lawrence, their grandkids, Harper, 4, and Keegan West, 2. "Overall, I think it was a success".

"I am very excited", Saling said. Real time virtual reality is right around the corner, and electric cars are only increasing in popularity while decreasing in cost. She also shot down a couple of minor myths concerning eclipses.

She said the amount of hype the issue has received, "created an excessive amount of concern".

"It's unbelievable to see this happen", he said.

Spirit of Joy Pastor Megan Elliot was also taken in by the solar event. "I like the community spirit this fosters". I just want to see what its gonna feel like when it gets practically dark in the middle of the day.

Zimmermann says, "They could decorate cookies, they could make their own solar eclipse".

Many people were inside the library watching the live-stream of the official NASA feed as the eclipse traveled across the country, while others experienced the eclipse first-hand on the lawn on the south side of and behind the library building.

The Mayborn Science Theater at Central Texas College will have a showing of its new show, "Totality", about the wonders of eclipses, especially total solar eclipses at 11:30 a.m. Monday. "The turnout was awesome. (It) was kind of responding to all of that interest from the community and just giving them a shared space to come - so not everybody's in their individual back yards - where they can come together as a neighborhood and as a town, and enjoy this event together". "We reached well over 1,000". The only thing lacking was a good view of the eclipse.

Physics Department Chair Dr. Toni Sauncy said she thought the event was a success.

"I wouldn't be afraid to remove my glasses and glance at the sun", she said.

Hundreds of people in Blair County this weekend scrambled to find cardboard framed glasses with lenses of filtered plastic that block virtually all light.

In additional to helping teach area residents a little about physics, Sauncy was hoping to ignite a spark of interest in the field of study. "You know, it's already started". "You don't have to be Albert Einstein, you don't event have to be a dude". And, this is something that hasn't happened in a very long time and won't happen again for a long time.

But until then, she is preparing for the upcoming Family Physics Night set for November 2.

  • Rogelio Becker