Crowd gathers in Boulder to watch the solar eclipse

11:03 PM, May 20, 2012   |    comments
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Sunday evening, more than three thousand people packed Folsom Field on CU Boulder's campus to get a rare glimpse of the moon passing over the sun.

The doors to the stadium opened at 5:30pm and the crowd slowly started to fill the bleachers. The skies were overcast at first and many people didn't think they would have a chance to see the eclipse.

"We drove from Aurora to see this. We heard about it and we knew it was something we didn't want to miss, but we also saw the clouds rolling in and and we're just hoping that we can see it. But, it is not looking promising right now," Mark Ewing said.

CU Boulder faculty got on the microphone and entertained the crowd with solar trivia, they passed out door prizes and explained the significance of the eclipse. On the football field, kids had an opportunity to launch model rockets they made out of soda bottles.

When 6:22pm rolled around, spectators put their glasses on and watched as the clouds slowly started to make way for the sun to appear.

"It was so cool. I had been wanting to see this for a very long time. The sun just dipped out of the clouds and we were watching it as the moon moved in front of the sun. I have never seen anything like it. I'm just so happy it appeared," Angela Thomas said.

For many people the event was a family affair and a learning opportunity for children.

"My daughter Savannah is learning about this solar system now. She is home schooled and it's something we have been talking about so this is a great chance for her to see it. She's really interested in it," Hannah LeTourneau said.

CU Boulder astronomer, Dr. Doug Duncan, says the next solar eclipse will be in 2017, but on June 5 people in Colorado can see the transit of venus. Duncan says it's a time when venus travels between earth and the sun. It's an event Duncan says won't happen again for another one-hundred years.

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