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Crescent shadows and cool science

 
Crescent shadows and cool science
KAIT STEELE — An inverted telescope at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin casts an image of Monday’s solar eclipse for viewers to safely enjoy the astronomic phenomenon. More than 1,000 people participated in the university’s event, held on the library lawn.

For a few hours on Monday, the collective imagination of much of the continental United States was focused on one thing -- and folks in and around La Vernia joined the throngs excited about the solar eclipse, even though it was only partial for Texas viewers.

In Seguin, Texas Lutheran University hosted a viewing event open to everyone, with free eclipse glasses for the first 1,000 participants. La Vernia High School graduate and new TLU student Kait Steele said people shared the glasses when supplies ran out. A scientific angle was provided by physicists with telescopes, while solar marshmallow toasting offered some fun.

Viewers in La Vernia got inventive, too, admiring the eclipse effects through leaf shadows, slotted spoons, cardboard and paper pinhole viewers, welder’s helmets, and more.

 
 
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