Despite some clouds and fog in the way, eclipse watchers were out and about in the Mission today to catch a glimpse of the celestial phenomenon.
We headed to Dolores Park in the hopes of a clear view, and on the way, Brian Derosa offered us a peek through his eclipse glasses.
“You can read about astronomical movements in a book, but seeing it first-hand is an experience you can viscerally connect to,” he said.
Once in the park, eclipse glasses abounded.
Jodie Foreman last saw an eclipse at the turn of the millennium in Munich, Germany. Today, she was there with her friend, Eva Vander Giessen.
“I don’t attach a special meaning to eclipse,” Foreman said. “But I definitely want to make sure I watch it with a favorite friend.”
A few people had set up telescopes to get a bit of a closer look — Scott Willis had found his online from a vendor recommended by NASA and jury-rigged it to a camera stand with hair ties. With a group of friends and an eclipse playlist (we happened to come by as “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John was playing), Willis had a little eclipse party going.
“It just looks like a crescent moon, a little red crescent moon. the telescope just gets you closer,” he said.