Richmond pauses to view eclipse

Richmond pauses to view eclipse
Richmond's Deputy Chief of Staff, Tony Tamayo, Chief of Staff, Shiva Mishek, and Mayor Eduardo Martinez gaze skyward Monday, April 8, 2024. Photos/ Linda Hemmila

A rare, fogless spring day provided perfect viewing conditions for Monday's partial eclipse, drawing a lively crowd to Richmond's main library.

The library, which hosted the viewing party, handed out ISO-certified-safe solar eclipse glasses for viewing to delighted viewers of all ages who started to gather just after 10 a.m. for the event. The moon appeared to make its first contact at 10:14 a.m., moving across the face of the sun and reaching its peak an hour later.

While the eclipse was only partial in the Bay Area, other parts of the country, from Texas to Maine, enjoyed various stages of a fuller eclipse where the weather permitted. The duration of totality was predicted to be about four minutes, which from here in Richmond, netted a disc with a bite removed rather than any change of light.

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