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iN PHOTOS: Hundreds gather at TRU to take in solar eclipse

A solar eclipse was visible from Kamloops today, Aug. 21, with a point of 80 per cent maximum coverage.
August 21, 2017 - 12:20 PM

KAMLOOPS - For the first time this century in North America, a complete solar eclipse took place, and although Kamloops wasn't in the path of totality, it was still a show worth watching.

Hundreds of people gathered at the International Building at Thompson Rivers University this morning, Aug. 21, to take in the partial eclipse.

Many people watched from the building's observation deck, where people passed around solar eclipse glasses to each other and kids had solar viewers made out of cereal boxes.

For astronomy-lover Erin Klaudt, she knew it was going to be a sight she didn't want to miss. She found out about the viewing at TRU last night and got down to see the celestial show before 9 a.m. today.

Peter Pel was trying to work his way around one of the telescopes people used to get a closer look at the eclipse. It was the second eclipse he's seen and he's fascinated by the phenomenon.

"I love just looking at the deep space," Pel said.

When the eclipse reached its maximum coverage at about 10:25 a.m., the temperature dropped and the sun was noticeably not as bright as it was earlier in the morning.

Erin Klaudt got to TRU early today, Aug. 21, to take in the solar eclipse.
Erin Klaudt got to TRU early today, Aug. 21, to take in the solar eclipse.

Peter Pel took in the eclipse with a telescope at TRU.
Peter Pel took in the eclipse with a telescope at TRU.

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