Local Residents View Historic Solar Eclipse

There were some clouds around for Monday’s solar eclipse, but that didn’t stop some local residents from witnessing the historical phenomenon.

Hundreds of people filled the front lawn of the Manchester Public Library around 1 pm Monday afternoon to put on their certified viewing glasses so they could see the moon almost entirely eclipse the sun for the first time in a generation. Library Director Kristy Folsom says they couldn’t believe the turnout.

Payton and Oliver Burkle were among those who got to see the eclipse.

They weren’t the only ones who thought that…

Marcia Burkle says it was great to be able to view the solar eclipse through the special glasses.

Even at a young age, Evan Dunkel appreciated the significance of the moment.

Monday’s solar eclipse didn’t bring total darkness to eastern Iowa, but it was dim enough to resemble early evening – even dim enough that the streetlights automatically turned on along North Franklin Street in downtown Manchester.

If you missed it today, mark your calendars for the next solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. And you’ll have to wait until the year 2099 until a solar eclipse gets this close to us again.