Solar Eclipse Observed in Los Angeles

People at the Palisades Library observed the solar eclipse.
Photo: Laura Schneider

Although it was only 58 percent of a total solar eclipse in Southern California, the astronomical event was widely observed. The Palisades Library patio was the site of a local viewing around 11 a.m. on Monday, April 8.

Friends of the Library President Laura Schneider wrote in an email to CTN that “We had a big crowd at the library to watch the eclipse this morning and there was a long line of people waiting to get in when we opened.

“While there were not enough glasses for more than a hundred people who showed up, people convened on the patio where glasses were shared and community spirit was in full display,” Schneider said. “The Friends of the Library purchased treats from Noah’s Bagels for the event, which were served in the community room where Adult Librarian Barbara Birenbaum screened live viewing of the total eclipse. It was great fun!”

This editor walked down her street around 11 a.m. and there were two gardeners with eclipse glasses, looking at the sun. One offered to share his glasses. Thanks to the generosity of the kind gentleman, I, too, experienced the eclipse.

This editor’s daughter, who had moved to Texas three years ago, was in the path of totality. Although it was cloudy there, the clouds broke enough that she was able to view the full eclipse. “It was crazy the way everything got dark” she said.

If you missed the eclipse, there is another total eclipsed slated to happened in 2026 and will go across the Artic, Eastern Greenland, Iceland and Northern Spain.

The next total eclipse to travel through part of the United States will be August 2044. The eclipse will travel through Canada, and end at sunset in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

A total eclipse will also occur in 2045, when it starts in California and moves across the United States ending in Florida.

Observing his first solar eclipse, this youngster should be able to see the next one in 2045.
Photo: Laura Schneider

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