Spectators flock to science museums to view eclipse


HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Spectators flocked to the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson to watch the solar eclipse.

Employees set up a special telescope and binoculars in the parking lot. Even those attending got a pair of glasses.

Brittany Mazur brought out her 4-year-old son, James, to make an impression. She says he may one day be a scientist and wanted him to see the eclipse in memorable surroundings.

“He will be older when the next one comes. And it’s the first time so I guess it will be more of a memento for when he gets older,” says Mazur.”I really honestly do believe so. His bedroom is full of star,s and he has a big old galaxy system in his bedroom, so I think he will probably be a scientist some day.”

Others in Hutchinson were not so young. Frank Nachtigal is retired.

“Since the last one, it’s been a few years ago. It was the eclipse of something, the sun? But I didn’t get too excited about it,” says Nachtigal. “The sight of it was good but I thought it would get darker. It got cooler though.”

The Cosmosphere offered free viewing glasses and there were food trucks and plenty of music on loudspeakers including “Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone” among other classic pop songs that referenced the sun and moon.

In Wichita, the eclipse party at Exploration Place started at 11:30 a.m., but some people arrived by 5 a.m. to make sure they got a good spot.

One woman who arrived at 9 a.m. said the line stretched all the way to the Keeper of the Plains.

“You don’t know if you’re going to see it again, by the time it comes in 24, who knows if we’re going to be around or not,” said Kim Batemon, watching eclipse.

Wichita State and Friends University also had watch parties for the eclipse.

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