The Burlington Free Press from Burlington, Vermont on August 22, 2017 · A4
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The Burlington Free Press from Burlington, Vermont · A4

Burlington, Vermont
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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4A BURLINGTONFREEPRESS.COMTUESDAY,AUGUST22,2017 “We’re pretty bummed that we won’t be in the line of totality, but it should still be fun.” Hundreds of children and adults came to the science center on Burlington’s waterfront to experience the eclipse that in northern Vermont saw the moon cover close to two-thirds of the sun. Other portions of the country — a narrow swath from the Pacific Northwest stretching southeast into South Carolina — could see the sun completely obscured, briefly casting their regions into daytime darkness as abright corona enveloped the moon. Incomplete as it was in Burlington, the partial eclipse still thrilled the crowd that filled ECHO on Monday. Kids could be heard exclaiming “The moon’s coming!” Once the moon arrived, adults yelled “Ooh, that’s so cool!” “There it is, right there, right there!” 7-year-old Isaac Stewart of Burlington shouted as he caught a glimpse through a pair of eclipse glasses. “I’m seeing the edge. It’s a little bend, like this much.” He held his thumb and forefinger near each other to indicate how the eclipse had just barely begun. He was at ECHO with his brother, Jeremiah Stewart, 12, and their mother, Meredith Stewart. “A friend just texted me and said, ‘ECHO is having a party, do you want to go?’” Meredith Stewart said of the reason she and her family came to the science center. Otherwise, she said, they had no eclipse glasses and would not have been able to look at the unusual solar phenomenon. Access to eclipse glasses was an issue not just in Burlington. “Glasses have been abig challenge because of the high need throughout the country so everyone in North America in the United States can see this eclipse,” said Cailee Smith, public programs manager at ECHO, which had about 60 pairs of glasses for the hundreds who attended the eclipse party to share. ECHO came up with other activities RYAN MERCER / FREE PRESS Maeve Phelan, 5, of Williston shows off her press-on eclipse-cycle tattoo at a viewing party at ECHO on Monday afternoon. Eclipse Continued from Page 3A JONATHAN KEMP / MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE Telescope specialist Jonathan Kemp of Middlebury College’s Mittelman Observatory captured this image of the solar eclipse in Vermont at 2:41 p.m. Monday. The image was taken through a4-inch refracting telescope inside the dome. The scope is optimized for solar observing using a hydrogen-alpha (H-alpha) filter, which blocks most of the sun’s rays by using just one wavelength of light — 656 nanometers. The wavelength commonly is used by astronomers for viewing the surface of the sun. WHY IS THE SUN PINK?

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