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Kalamazoo Valley Museum hosts solar eclipse party

Kalamazoo Valley Museum hosts solar eclipse party

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Whether you joined a solar eclipse watch party, or just stepped outside in your own backyard, people all across West Michigan got in on the excitement of the big event today.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum hosted a number of eclipse educational events earlier in the day, leading up to this historic event.

The lawn outside the Kalamazoo Valley Museum became the prime destination for hundreds, including Adam Schumaker, who took it all in with his family.

For many parents, this event became a real-world lesson in astronomy.

"You can kind of see it through the clouds, a little bit of sun there," Schumaker said.

Museum staff guided participants through the watch party, with their own knowledge.

Solar glasses were the preferred way to experience the event, but not for everyone.

Some options might be considered out of the box.

Andy Millison made his own pinhole camera, just like he did 35 years ago.

"I was in elementary school...the school brought us outside and we did the same thing," he said.

Millison and all his co-workers were able to leave the office to take it all in.

Although scientists say West Michigan didn't see more than 85 percent of the sun blocked, it didn't matter to many in the crowd.

"Ahh, man this is my first time seeing this," said Tanisha Cross, of Kalamazoo. "This is beautiful."

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