Hundreds of Utahns, including students from Cottonwood Heights and Rosamond elementary schools in the Jordan District, watched Tuesday's eclipse from in front of Hansen Planetarium.
And scores of adults, including employees from downtown area businesses, gathered in the bright sunlight, expressing wonderment at what they saw through telescopes equipped with filters or with the aid of paper or cards into which pinholes had been punched."The last time I saw an eclipse was when I was in junior high in Los Angeles. I brought my telescope to school as a science project to see the sun eclipse and also the sun spots and flares. It was really fun today. It makes me want to get back into astronomy," said Steve Moore, 48, Salt Lake City, a media producer for Weber State University.
"I think it looks super. It (the whole sun and moon) together is bright yellow and very contrasty in color. On this telescope (an 8-inch reflector telescope provided by Tom Henchy of the Salt Lake Astronomical Society), there is almost a ragged edge on the moon," said Louise Day, a claims processor for Deseret Healthcare.
Henchy explained that effect was caused as craters and mountains on the moon were being backlit by the sun.
Valerie Kempner, Bountiful, said the sun looked like a "cookie with a bite taken out of it. I guess it (this type of an eclipse) isn't going to happen again for seven years so I'm really glad I saw it."
Casey Chalmers, 10, a fifth-grader at Cottonwood Heights, and many of the other school students, kept repeating, "It's really neat!"
Elizabeth Ruflin, 11, observed: "I liked it . . . because of the different colors."