Crowds in Schenectady and Amsterdam for eclipse viewing

August 21, 2017 06:22 PM

miSci in Schenectady put on a big eclipse-viewing party and the museum pulled out all the stops.  They had telescopes of every size all over the lawn.

"We're having a great time.  This is my first time at the museum, so we're lucky to see the eclipse today," said Melissa Geary of Corinth.  

Friends and families shared in the excitement.

"I brought my granddaughter Mia down to see the eclipse," said Pam Carter of Schenectady.  "She's very excited about it and so am I.  We're enjoying history together."

"I'm really excited. and it doesn't come often," said 11-year-old Mia.

miSci had experts on hand to talk about what people were seeing and why.

I hope that people will just get excited about astronomy and science in general, and realize that astronomy is the one science where you can go outside at night and just look up and enjoy it.  And the same with today, with safe solar glasses, all you've got to do is look up to enjoy the sun," said miSci Dudley Observatory Astronomer, Dr. Valerie Rapson.

At the Amsterdam Free Library this morning, the line for free glasses was out the door.

"And I called Saturday morning and they weren't open.  Then this morning I overslept, I said, if I'm not lucky I could still be alive in 2024!" said Mary Ann Palmieri.  

"We love having so many people come in here.  We love being able to have something everyone wants. Now I just wish we had had more pairs!" said Library Director Nicole Hemsley, with a laugh.

It's the kind of excitement that educators love to see.

"Today there's going to be a solar eclipse.  The moon is going to go in front of the sun!" said 7-year-old Payton.  

"In the olden days they used to think that when the solar eclipse happened they used to think that the moon was eating the sun," said 8-year-old Daniel.  

The library put on a full program on the highly-anticipated solar eclipse.

"You're going to get your glasses and you're going to watch the solar eclipse?" Jenny Galough of Amsterdam asked her daughter.

"We actually saw the sun this morning," answered 5-year-old Ella.  

"We practiced, right?"

"We practiced!"


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