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Solar Eclipse 2012 In Colorado: CU-Boulder Sets Viewing Record (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: Updated: 05/21/2012 1:42 pm

Solar Eclipse 2012 Colorado

Despite some cloud cover and a few sprinkles, skywatchers across Colorado got some spectacular views of the rare annular solar eclipse on Sunday evening.

In Boulder, nearly 10,000 people gathered to watch the solar eclipse in Folsom Field and set a new record for the most people to view an eclipse in one place, The Daily Camera reported. Dr. Douglas Duncan, Director of Fiske Planetarium in Boulder, emceed the event, gave out prizes and talked the crowd through the science of the eclipse in the process.

The sky was cloudy in Boulder and at times blocked stages of the eclipse entirely. When clouds would block the view, the Folsom Field crowd would "boo," so to keep things entertaining, Dr. Duncan and his crew would lead the crowd in some wishful thinking by instructing the nearly 10,000 viewers to stand, face away from the eclipse and blow as hard as they could to try and make the clouds move. And whether it was due to the blowing or Mother Nature herself, the clouds did part and viewers got an eyeful as the moon eventually blocked 86 percent of the sun.

The moon began it path in around 6:23 p.m. on Sunday evening, reached maximum eclipse at 7:30 p.m. and then completed its journey just before sunset around 8:00 p.m..

In downtown Denver, a good size crowd also gathered at City Park at an event hosted by the Denver Nature and Science Museum. Viewers also gathered at an event held at Denver's Observatory Park, hosted by the Denver Astronomical Society. The Denver Post reports that a brief downpour before the eclipse began nearly dashed the hopes of skywatchers, but the rain passed and the clouds opened up.

But with the heavy cloud cover Sunday evening, some Coloradans had no luck, Westword's Michael Roberts reported that from his vantage point in Jefferson County clouds blocked the entire event.

The next eagerly anticipated celestial event to view in Colorado will be the transit of Venus across the sun on June 5 -- an event that will not occur again until 2117.

LOOK: Video and photos from the solar eclipse around Colorado

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  • The Daily Camera Takes Video Of Boulder Skywatchers

    Via <a href="http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_20669757/cu-boulder-eclipse-watch-party-sets-record" target="_hplink">The Daily Camera</a>.

  • Solar Eclipse In Boulder

    May 20th 2012 eclipse as the Sun sets behind the Front Range of the Rockies. Via YouTube.

  • Solar Eclipse As Seen From Downtown Denver

    Via YouTube.

  • Solar Eclipse As Seen From West Denver

    Via YouTube

  • Solar Eclipse As Seen From Westminster

  • Solar Eclipse Viewing Crowd At CU-Boulder's Folsom Field

    Via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cuboulder" target="_hplink">CU-Boulder's Facebook page</a>.

  • Eclipse Viewing Crowd At CU-Boulder's Folsom Field

    Via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cuboulder" target="_hplink">CU-Boulder's Facebook page</a>.

  • Eclipse Viewing Crowd At CU-Boulder's Folsom Field

    Via <a href="http://www.facebook.com/cuboulder" target="_hplink">CU-Boulder's Facebook page</a>.

  • Eclipse Viewing Crowd At CU-Boulder's Folsom Field

    By Matt Ferner

  • Crowd Gathering at City Park

    Via Facebook.

  • Dr. Doug Duncan on the Jumbotron at CU-Boulder's Folsom Field

    By Matt Ferner

  • Cloud Cover At Folsom Field

    Although clouds occasionally blocked the solar eclipse, the views were still spectacular. The crowd at Folsom Field would stand up and face away from the eclipse and all blow at once

  • Solar Eclipse At Folsom Field

    Dr. Duncan and his crew had live video of the eclipse streaming on the jumbotron at Folsom Field. By Matt Ferner

  • Solar Eclipse At Folsom Field

    Dr. Duncan and his crew had live video of the eclipse streaming on the jumbotron at Folsom Field. By Matt Ferner

  • Solar Eclipse at Folsom Field

    Taken with a cell phone camera through solar eclipse viewing glasses around 7:15 p.m. By Matt Ferner

  • Solar Eclipse at Folsom Field

    Taken with a cell phone camera through solar eclipse viewing glasses around 7:20 p.m. By Matt Ferner

  • Eclipse Viewing Crowd at City Park in Denver

    via Facebook.

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