Connecticut takes in the Solar Eclipse Monday

A look at the eclipse from Ansonia (WTNH / Report-It / Carly Douglas)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– The excitement of the solar eclipse spread across Connecticut, as people turned their eyes to the sky Monday afternoon.

A total solar eclipse in the United States is a once-in-a-lifetime event for many. That’s why the Connecticut Science Center and scientists everywhere are making a big deal out of this.

Photo Gallery: Solar Eclipse – August 21, 2017

The science center hosted a large viewing party Monday. In Connecticut, we only saw about two thirds of an eclipse, but the center was shown from the NASA feeds from the parts of the country that will see the total eclipse.

Related: Total solar eclipse: US braces for rare astronomical event

Here in Connecticut, the eclipse began around 1:30 p.m. and lasted until 4:00 p.m., with peak coverage of the sun around 2:45 p.m. Many people took trips down to the south or out west to the parts of the country that saw a total eclipse.

A group of University of Bridgeport students were in Kentucky for the big event. They will be helping NASA do research on the eclipse. Other folks here at home are made their own plans.

“I have my welder’s glass that I’ll take and I’ll look up at the sun with this,” said Kathie Powell, Stratford.

“We’re going to make our own do it yourself glasses because the glasses right now are astronomical prices and you can’t even find them,” said Chrissy Scopoletti, New York.

Related: The search is on for solar eclipse sunglasses

The real glasses are hard to find, but experts warn to be careful with those do-it-yourself ideas. Trying to look at the eclipse through anything except certified glasses could result in permanent eye damage.

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