OKLAHOMA CITY — Sun gazers in Oklahoma joined millions of other Americans who caught a glimpse of the first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. in nearly a century.
Downtown Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens hosted hundreds Monday who munched on Moon Pies and snow cones while waiting for the celestial event. Some donned special eclipse glasses, and others brought homemade viewing devices made from cardboard or paper plates. Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 hit “Total Eclipse of the Heart” played on a PA system.
Only a partial eclipse was visible in Oklahoma City. A thin crescent of light was visible with special glasses, but to the naked eye the mid-day sky was blue.
The nation’s last coast-to-coast total eclipse was in 1918.