LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- If you didn’t see the Great American Eclipse Monday afternoon, you’ll have to wait seven years to try again. Some who did witness the event were even brought to tears.
The clouds held off just long enough for most of us to look up in amazement.
Many in NEPA described the solar eclipse as a few minutes you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Even though only three-quarters of sun was blocked in the area, that didn’t stop many people from making memories.
The first day of classes was much more crowded than normal at Penn State Wilkes-Barre. Hundreds lined up hours before any celestial occurrence had taken place. All for a chance to safely see the Great Solar Eclipse of 2017.
“I don’t think we’ve done a total solar eclipse on campus before, so this is really exciting,” says Dr. Dale Jones, the chancellor of PSU Wilkes-Barre.
Dolores Melman brought family members to assess the anomaly. But that’s not all- some members of her family traveled to Oregon to see the eclipse from a different angle.
“They’re going to be able to view the eclipse first, so we’ll be able to share our experiences with them,” says Melman.
PSU Wilkes-Barre handed out 500 pairs of solar glasses for people to gaze into the galaxy with. Some viewed the magic through plates and a pinhole, but others, like Patrick Beisel, enjoyed the eclipse through the TV as it displayed the imaged captured by a telescope just feet away.
“Wow surprised, it’s pretty awesome actually,” says Beisel.
Hang on to those glasses if you still have them, the path of the next eclipse in 2024 is a lot closer to our area.