Mid-Michigan watches solar eclipse - WNEM TV 5

Mid-Michigan watches solar eclipse

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Millions of people took in the total solar eclipse on Monday.

At its highest point, Mid-Michigan saw just about 80 percent coverage of the sun.

The great American eclipse shadowed over Mid-Michigan and left sky watchers young and old simply amazed.

"I heard about the solar eclipse and I thought I should come and see," said Godsave Megiroo.

Megiroo is visiting from Africa on business. He has seen an eclipse before, but not in the United States. That's why he headed to the Longway Planetarium as the eclipse unfolded. He said it is exciting and a little spooky.

"Sometimes it scares us because we don't know what is happened up there," Megiroo said.

He isn't the only one who got chills when the moon's shadow covered nearly 80 percent of the sun in Mid-Michigan.

"It's a very different feeling. It gets cold. It gets dark. You wonder what is going on and everyone keeps telling you, 'don't look at it,'" said Doug Callahan, eclipse viewer.

Callahan wore protected filtered glasses while watching the eclipse.

The community got involved with some arts and crafts in addition to the science. They had special glasses and filtered telescopes so everyone was able to see.

Megiroo said he could not have scheduled a better time to come to Michigan.

"I'm happy to have been here and witness what is happening," Megiroo said.

The eclipse presented a learning experience for students at Freeman Elementary - a year round school.

"Some kids didn't know what an eclipse was because it hasn't happened. A total solar eclipse hasn't happened in 99 years. So this hasn't happened in their lifetime," said Kathy Savoie, teacher.

Savoie made sure her students had the proper equipment to watch the sky. If the kids didn't have glasses she helped them create viewing boxes, which allowed them to see the rare occurrence safely through a projection.

Principal Anita Steward said days like this make students excited about science.

"Just learning about space itself and how the moon and the sun rotate," Steward said.

Savoie said the students left school with something they couldn't stop talking about.

"Now they get to go home and say, 'hey, guess what I'm learning in school. I know all of this about it,'" Savoie said.

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