Over 10,000 people turn out to view eclipse together at Folsom Field

By Chandler Baker, staff writer

The clouds may have covered the sun during the full eclipse on Sunday at 7:30 p.m., but the crowd of people watching it at Folsom Field and other places around Boulder still got good views of the moon’s path covering the sun.

“I watched it from my house, and even through the clouds covered it, I could see cool pink and orange coloring on the outside of the huge array of clouds,” sophomore Jacque Szarmach said. 

The last solar eclipse that covered a large portion of the sun that was visible from Colorado was 12 years ago. Many children and teens in Colorado have never seen one in their lives, so it was  quite the experience, even if the clouds did cover it.

“I have never seen a solar eclipse before, so I didn’t know what it was even going to look like. My science teacher gave me a pair of the solar glasses for my eyes, and I was stoked,” sophomore Ryan Butler said.

The rarity of the solar eclipse fueled most of the interest in the event, and the hosts of the event at Folsom Field and Fiske Planetarium included video clips playing on the giant screens, and additional information on solar eclipses. Astronomers were also on hand to answer any questions that the viewers might have had.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth and the moon fully or partially blocks the sun. This only happens during a new moon.

The next solar eclipse does not occur until 2048, so Sunday night’s viewing was not one to miss.

“I didn’t want to have to wait another 36 years before I could see an eclipse. I wanted to see it now, regardless if a cloud is in the way. It’s the experience that matters,” Szarmach said.

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