Partial Eclipse Leads To Total Nerdfest

by Brian Slattery | Aug 21, 2017 6:54 pm | Comments (1)

As the sun’s light turned from a bright yellow to a wan, extraterrestrial orange, thousands gathered Monday afternoon on the lawn of Leitner Observatory on Prospect Street. They had come with tinted glasses, telescopes modern and replica, sunspotters, and homemade pinpoint projectors to observe a partial solar eclipse.

They had brought their science-themed T-shirts (“Spin Galactic”; “Stand Back—I’m Going to Try Science”). They made a party in the middle of the day where the small talk was peppered with discussions of the mechanics of the various viewing devices they had brought, and the astronomical trajectories that had aligned to make the event happen.

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