A little cloudy, but eclipse takes center stage at Montana Learning Center event

Christina Meyers of Bozeman, left, came up to the Montana Learning Center on Saturday to view the eclipse.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

Nearly 100 people gathered Saturday for “Beyond the Big Sky – Eclipse Edition” at the Montana Learning Center  to view a rare eclipse of the sun.

However, someone forgot to tell the clouds about the plans for the day as there was some coverage.

The moon passed directly in front of the sun for more than 6.6 million people from Oregon to Texas. It was to last from 9:11 a.m., with max coverage at 10:27 a.m. and ending at 11:50 a.m. This is the first eclipse of its kind in the Western U.S. since 2012. And it is known as an annular solar eclipse, or “Ring of Fire” eclipse, because of the thin band of the sun that remains visible around the moon.

People wait for the eclipse to begin Saturday at the Montana Learning Center.

Phil Drake, Independent Record

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