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Is it a bird? Is it a Plane?

Posted on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 2:05 pm

By NATALIE MILLER

H-P Reporter

Over 300 people gathered at Randolph-Macon College’s Frank E. Brown Fountain Plaza Aug. 21 to watch the partial solar eclipse visible from the Center of the Universe.

The total eclipse was visible in North America from Oregon to South Carolina, but its path did not fully cross over Hanover. Virginians saw a partial solar eclipse in the sky Monday afternoon, with most of the sun briefly covered.

Children and adults donned solar eclipse glasses and peeked through homemade sun viewers to see the phenomenon in the sky.

Not long before the projected maximum eclipse at 2:44 p.m., the sky became a little darker—in part because of cloud coverage. Many who had been waiting for the big moment remained loyal to the cause and tried to get a glimpse of the sun through the clouds.

Elizabeth King came to the viewing with Alex and Sarah, two of one R-MC’s professor’s children, who she was babysitting. Even though they didn’t get to see the eclipse when it partially covered the sun, Alex and Sarah had fun making and looking through their homemade eclipse viewers.

NewFound Gathering Place and Eatery co-owner Cate Hawks had the chance to see the eclipse from the Short Pump area just before the clouds covered the view. Hawks said she actually hadn’t planned to view the partial eclipse, but she was the only one of her sisters given solar eclipse glasses at a restaurant when they went to lunch.

“They went outside as soon as I told them and the clouds were all covering over it,” Hawks.