Monday afternoon, the skies around Eau Claire cleared up in time for people to see the moon to block out part of the sun. A large crowd gathered on the commons at UW-Eau Claire to marvel at what was dubbed “the great American eclipse.”
The last total solar eclipse in the nation was in 1979, but only five states in the northwest experienced total darkness. This time, the entire continental United States got in on the astronomical spectacle.
Here in Eau Claire, the eclipse was about 85 percent total – but it was still a sight to see.
“If you don’t know exactly what’s going on and the sun disappears of the middle of the day, that would be a rather startling event. For me, it’s just seeing the clockwork working perfectly and it’s just a fun thing to experience.”
If you missed out on today’s eclipse, there is one set to cross the eastern United States in 2024. The next American coast-to-coast eclipse will happen in 2045.