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Roswell residents enjoy eclipse excitement

Leonard Tapia
August 21, 2017 06:44 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. -- All eyes were on the sky in Roswell Monday afternoon. Even though New Mexicans got only a partial view of this solar eclipse, there was still a lot of excitement in the air. 

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"It's just like a really cool learning experience," said Josie Ryanne-Higgins, who lives in Roswell. "I've looked through the glasses and I've looked through the telescope, and it's like really cool to see it."

People lined the sidewalk for their chance to also take a look through a telescope. Stan Nelson let lots of people take a glimpse into his solar-scope. He tells KOB the telescope allows people to see sun spots and it can take some pretty fascinating pictures.

"Most people don't get a chance to look at a scope and see it -- the sun -- at a fairly large image, and that's the exciting part for us," Nelson said. "But today, it being a partial [eclipse], it's absolutely essential that everybody always views it with safety gear."

That safety gear is as simple as a pair of solar eclipse glasses. While they might not seem like much, people KOB talked to say they're quite impressed with the glasses and with the heavenly view.

"They've kind of come a long ways as far as these viewing glasses go because I remember when we were that big. We used a cardboard box," said Robert Thomson, who lives in Roswell.

But don't let the glasses fool you. KOB spoke to some kids who said the cardboard option is still a pretty big hit. 

"There's a little hole in the box so when the sun goes through that hole you can look through this box, and there's a screen so you can see the eclipse," said Skyler Campos, who lives in Roswell.

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Leonard Tapia

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