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Eclipse made brief appearance in Ames

Cloud cover obscured the eclipse for the most part in Ames, although observant watchers caught an occasional glimpse through the clouds. Even so, Ames Lab staff had fun watching from the sidewalk in front of TASF and outside Wilhelm Hall.

Waiting for the clouds to lift.

Chris Celania came prepared with a welding mask.

(l-r) Kori Grooms, Mike McGuigan, Margaret Evans and Libby Nelson look

Sarah Wiley and Melinda Schlosser try to catch a glimpse.

The clouds open briefly.

Melissa McCormick gazes at the eclipse.

Rhonda Jones and Michelle Avila enjoy the eclipse experience.


If you still have your eclipse "glasses" and would like to put them to good use, Astronomers Without Borders is collecting used glasses to alllow school children in Asia and South America to view the next eclipse in 2019. If you'd like to donate yours, bring them to Public Affairs and we'll ship them to Astronomers without Borders. The glasses only have a three-year shelf life so you won't be able to use them for the next U.S. solar eclipse in 2024.