Joanna Figueroa and Jesus Vazquez watch the eclipse. Photo by Laura Wenus

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.

Brian Derosa and Melanie McDougall watch the solar eclipse from 19th Street. Photo by Julian Mark

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.

Scott Willis looks through his eclipse telescope. Photo by Julian Mark

It just looks like a crescent moon, a little red crescent moon. the telescope just gets you closer,” he said. 

For those without eclipse glasses or telescope setups, you can see photos of the event here and here, and learn more about the eclipse from NASA.

Friends Jodie Forman and Eva Vander Giessen share their eclipse glasses.

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