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Around 2,000 people gather to get the glimpse of Inland Empire partial solar eclipse

Inland Empire authorities were expected only around 100 people but people gave this event an overwhelming response. 

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In order to get the glimpse of the Inland Empire partial solar eclipse, people across the region in Southern California gathered at the viewing site, UC Riverside’s bell tower on Monday.

Around 2,000 people gathered at the viewing site. The crowd was waiting for their turn to see the partial solar eclipse through the telescope, people were waiting in the long lines for their turns to come.

The 54-year-old Robin Noriega from Riverside said, “It was wonderful, amazing.” She said she and her family really enjoyed the solar eclipse and also they also enjoyed the crowded atmosphere of UC Riverside’s bell tower. There was the party environment on Monday.

She said, “People were very generous and shared their glasses. It was a lot of fun.”

Mario De Leo-Winkler who is the UC Riverside’s astronomer was looking after the four trained telescopes which were set to see the solar eclipse. According to  Leo-Winkler, the occupancy of the people was way more than expected, he said that the authorities were expected only around 100 people but people gave this event an overwhelming response.

Leo-Winkler said he tried to maintain everything well, he dictated his student volunteers to check the lines and keep monitoring everything. He said that he wanted to give people the good experience of the event.

The people who waited for their turns in the long lines was totally amazed by the partial solar eclipse view through the telescopes.

The 47-year-old John Stephen who works in university’s human resources department said, “There’s so much more you can see.”  Stephen added, “The clarity of the where the moon goes over the sun, it’s a beautiful distinction that I don’t think a camera or glasses can really depict.”

The faculty member Michael Buckhoff said, “I’m excited to just see it, but I’m trying not to look at it.”

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