The solar eclipse has come and gone, but not before fascinating pretty much everyone who got a chance to see it.
Hundreds of people took in a viewing event at Vernon’s Okanagan Science Centre, filling their parking lot, and surprising staff at the big turnout.
The moon started shading over the sun about 9:30 this morning, with maximum coverage around 10:24.
The Centre provided solar glasses and telescopes to allow people to safely get a good view.
Keven Aschenmeier from the Centre says young and old were impressed.
“Most of them said ‘wow, This is neat, and look at that.’ And this was coming from everyone from little children to seniors. Most of them knew what was going to happen, they knew what to expect but they were still quite impressed. Good to see,” says Aschenmeier.
The Centre handed out about 170 pairs of solar glasses.
“It’s good to see that so many people were interested,” adds Aschenmeier.
Photos: Eclipse viewers got to look through a special protected solar telescope to view the eclipse, and another telescope projected the image onto a screen.
About 83% of the sun was blocked out by the moon in Vernon during the event.
It didn’t seem any darker, but it did get cooler.