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Eclipse Viewing Party Draws Hundreds to Caltech

Several hundred visitors flocked to Caltech's athletic fields on the morning of Saturday, October 14, to watch a partial solar eclipse, with the moon's shadow obscuring up to 71 percent of the sun over a two-hour span.

Attendees, who received free solar glasses to view the event safely, spread out picnic blankets and stood in line to peer through telescopes and view demonstrations given by Caltech students and postdocs. They also got a chance to hear astrophysics graduate student Ivey Davis and Gabriel Muro, postdoctoral scholar research associate in physics, deliver lectures nearby in the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics on "Understanding Solar Eclipses and Solar Research at Caltech."

Written by Jon Nalick