Museum of Arts and Sciences celebrates Solar Eclipse
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The sun hid behind the moon in Middle Georgia, and other parts of the country, Monday afternoon. The Museum of Arts and Sciences celebrated with an Solar Eclipse party.
Peak time for the eclipse lasted about two minutes, but the party didn’t. More than a hundred people came out the museum to take part in a variety of arts and crafts, presentations and shows at the planetarium.
“This is a life event for some kids, some people,” said Kris Cutright. She took her grandchildren to the Museum of Arts and Sciences for a Solar Eclipse filled day.
“They (grandchildren) were given the option of taking a learning day to come and watch the eclipse in a safe place,” said Cutright.
Brandi Smith wanted to share the historic experience with her children.
“I experienced my first eclipse when I was 5 years old. The end of my kindergarten year,” said Smith. “I was reading a news article today from that time period and I was able to share with them what that experience was like and so now they’re excited.”
A group that has been counting down the days for the eclipse, was the Macon Amateur Radio Club.
“There are stations like this set up all over the country to try to determine the effects on the ionosphere and the layers up above us of the solar eclipse,” said Bill Hall, with the club. “Because it’s never been looked at before.”
While the Radio Club did not have to travel far for the fun, Vincent Miller and his family did. They traveled to see the eclipse from Maryland.
“It’s pretty cool,” said Miller.
Pretty cool is what a lot of people thought as the shadows became darker, and the heat disappeared for a moment. Because for two minutes the moon, partially covered the sun.
“We have a long way to go before we get to see another one like this.,” said Cutright.
NASA says the next solar eclipse to go through the United States is in 2024, then the next one after that is in 2045.