‘Perfect Day’ for a (Partial) Eclipse: Here’s What the Bay Area Saw – KQED

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“We will see part of the eclipse. We’re not in the path of totality. So the moon will not cover the sun completely from the Bay area,” Wilson said. “We will get to see the moon passing partially in front of the sun.”

For Carolyn Whittle, who is 79 and lives in Oakland, she felt it was her last chance. “This is the last time it will cross the U.S. in totality before 2045,” Whittle said. “I won’t be here for the next eclipse, so I wanted to see this one.”

Members of the Peninsula Astronomical Society passed out viewing glasses to people gathered at Foothill Observatory in Los Altos Hills.
Folks from all over the South Bay formed a line to view the celestial event through a telescope

NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle was on hand. She said the event helps people look up and out of their own daily concerns, and to see the bigger picture of our universe.

“When you look back at Earth from space, there are no borders,” she said. “And so it’s so wonderful to have everyone looking up in unison in unity. There’s nothing like space on Earth, that’s why we’re here.”

She said it was a special experience. “Not only is it special to me, but when I think that at this time in place, people from all over the world are all looking up at the same time. I think [it] says so much for our planet and our species.”

While the Bay Area saw about 35% coverage, other locations across the country experienced a total eclipse. “The eclipse is happening in a place where a large percentage of the American population saw it. The path of totality covers much of the United States,” Wilson said.

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