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Getting A Glimpse!

As millions of Americans watched the total solar eclipse that crossed the continental United States Aug. 21, the international Hinode solar observation satellite captured its own images of the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon as it orbited the planet. (Credit/ JAXA/NASA)

Eclipse hits southwest North Dakota, and the people looked up

The total solar eclipse came and left in a matter of hours. But for that short period of time, the entire country congregated for a fun, celestial event.

By COLE BENZ
Pioneer Editor

Citizens from Oregon to South Carolina found a spot, slapped on their glasses, and took a look up to the sky to witness the moon passing between the sun and the earth.

In Bowman, the effects were slight, but noticeable.

hannon Vail (Top) helps daugther Aria get a look at the eclipse. Shannon and Aria are the daughter-in-law and granddaughter of Tiger and Lori Vail of Bowman.

Though the area wasn’t in the totality path—a 70-mile wide path where the light was completely blocked for a few minutes—the air temperature dropped noticeably, and the sunlight dimmed enough to make it feel like supper time.

Many purchased special glasses with tint dark enough to protect eyesight and still allow the viewer to see the event. But those who didn’t have glasses got creative. If it was strong enough, a welder’s mask was suitable enough for viewing and protection. Many in Bowman used these masks instead of the typical eclipse glasses.

Tianna Ballard stands outside of the Pioneer building to get a look at the eclipse

The eclipse could be noticed in the Bowman area around 10:40 a.m., and it peaked at roughly 11:50 a.m. Since the area wasn’t in the path of totality, a sliver of sun could be seen at all times. But as the moon passed between the earth and sun, the sliver of light rotated around the moon until the sun showed itself complete again, which was at about 2 p.m.

Viewers shouldn’t throw away those glasses, though. Another eclipse is set to hit the United States on April 8, 2024. The path of the next solar eclipse will start in Texas and leave the U.S. in Maine.

No glasses, no problem. Many used welding masks to get a look at the eclipse. (Pioneer Photos by Cole Benz)