Hundreds gather at Sask. Science Centre to view eclipse
Lineups went around the building for the special glasses
Around 600 people gathered at the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina to watch Monday's solar eclipse.
Lineups went around the building for the special eclipse viewing glasses that allow people to safely stare at the sun without damaging their retinas.
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Gail Gray, a self-described geek, said she had been waiting for the eclipse for about a year. She took time off from her job so she could drive down from Saskatoon for the event.
"It was pretty exciting when we first noticed it," Gray said.
"That made it real — and when I could see this tiny little divot out of the upper right corner of the sun, you knew it was starting — it was actually happening."
The eclipse started at about 10:30 a.m. CST. Southern parts of the province saw about 80 per cent of the sun obscured at 11:46 a.m.
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The Science Centre issued warnings that those who viewed the eclipse without the aid of special viewing glasses would suffer serious eye damage.
In fact, the centre said, staring directly at the sun during the eclipse is worse because your pupils will dilate to take in more light as the sun becomes obscured. Then, when the sun comes back out, the eyes will be flooded with light and cause even worse damage.
With files from Brandon Harder