Despite cloud cover, New Mexicans gather for solar eclipse

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The solar eclipse has wrapped up and it will be a day many New Mexicans remember.

It was a cloudy start to the day and that had many people worried they would miss out on seeing the eclipse, but in the end there was a break in the clouds, giving New Mexicans a chance to see it.

Large crowds gathered at spots like the University of New Mexico, as well as the Museum of Natural History. This is the first total eclipse to stretch across the United States in 99 years.

One Albuquerque man donated over 600 solar eclipse glasses to the Albuquerque School of Excellence so no student would miss the festivities.

“The response I received from the students was absolutely superb. I was overjoyed to see that,” Bob Amdahl said.

While New Mexico wasn’t in the path of totality, Albuquerque got to see the moon cover around 73 percent of the sun.

It reached its midpoint in the city Monday around 11:45 a.m.

“To actually see something you read about in textbooks all the time and watch it happen is really quite special,” graduate student Mark Gorski said.

“It’s a pretty exciting thing to look at and to share with the public. Everybody can see this,” UNM professor Yiva Pihlstrom said.

A worker at the Museum of Natural History adds that Monday’s crowd was at least triple the size of a normal day.

The next solar eclipse will be in 2024. That solar eclipse, however, won’t cover New Mexico. Most of its path will go from Texas to the East Coast.

 

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