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Henry residents enjoy solar eclipse during viewing party at Fortson Library

Posted August 22

— As the moon made its way across the sky blocking out the sun, it looked like someone slipped a giant pair of sunglasses over the sky at Fortson Library in Hampton Monday.

Crowds of Henry residents lined the sidewalks of the library to catch a glimpse of the phenomena during the library's viewing party.

"I think it looked cool," said Jimell Himes, 5. Himes and his family viewed the eclipse through a telescope provided by the Flint River Astronomy Club.

"It looked like a yellow moon," Himes said. "I've never seen that before."

Space lover William Barrow, 7, donned his orange NASA space suit to attend the party.

"I want to be an astronaut," he said. William's mother Cassie Barrow said her son has had a love for space "from day one."

"His bedroom is decked out," she said. "He's got a space bedspread with a solar system and constellations lining his ceiling."

Library officials said people began lining up at 9 a.m. hoping to get a pair of scarce solar eclipse glasses. For those who missed out, the library set up a craft table to create their own pinhole projectors to see the eclipse.

According to the NASA website, the last time the contiguous United States saw a total eclipse was 1979. For those in the Southern Crescent, more than 90 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon. In North Georgia, viewers were treated to a complete eclipse. The path of totality passed through portions of 14 states.

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