Stephanie Kelley’s children went to extra lengths to make sure their eyes were protected during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.
Just in case the family wasn’t able to obtain protective glasses, Kelley said, she and her children – Carter, 10, and Kathryn, 8 – made projectors out of cereal boxes.
The trio brought their homemade projectors, as well as snacks and chairs, to Glacier Ridge Metro Park, where they were joined by a considerable amount of spectators hoping to view the eclipse in Dublin.
Chrissy Hoff, hub naturalist for Glacier Ridge and Homestead metro parks, said volunteers distributed nearly 700 free glasses – double the amount they expected – provided by COSI. The glasses enabled people to view the eclipse safely.
“I think it was a highly successful event,” Hoff said.
Kelley said she and her family arrived at 12:30 p.m. to get in line to receive glasses.
Although Carter and Kathryn could have watched the eclipse on TV in school, Kelley said, she decided to take them out of class to view the event in person.
The eclipse is one of the biggest astronomy events “of their lifetime, and so we wanted to make sure we were out doing it,” she said.
Tara Brenning, a Powell resident, also watched the eclipse live with her daughter, Hailey, 11, and son, Sylas, 9.
Hailey said she was looking forward to seeing the sky turn dark and Sylas said he was excited to see “how cool it looks” when the eclipse would occur.
Brenning said she and her children arrived before noon to get in line to receive glasses.
The eclipse was at an 86 percent totality, Hoff said, which meant that from Dublin, viewers could see the moon covering 86 percent of the sun.
The next total solar eclipse will be April 8, 2024, Hoff said, and Dublin viewers will be able to this time see a 100 percent totality.