Although the Mid-South only got to see about 94% of the eclipse, folks across the area found ways to enjoy the big event.
Shelby Farms saw thousands of visitors enter the park Monday. The park hosted their eclipse watching event “The Great American Total Solar Eclipse.”
Visitors were able to get the proper glasses to view the eclipse on the lawn. People were able to watch the sky darken around 1:23 Monday afternoon at the park.
Some visitors talked to Local 24 about why they watched the solar eclipse, and how they felt about it overall.
“I thought it was going to be like really dark.”
“That was the disappointing thing. (“You thought it would be darker?) Yeah, but I mean it was pretty cool because, like, it hasn’t happened in, like, 99 years, I think,” said M.C. Couch, Sarah Bomar, and Ellie Sartor.
“It’s been amazingly good to look at, and awesome-sauce good solar eclipse today,” says Jonathan Emens.
“Oh, it’s a work of nature, just to see what God does with our sky, our heavens. It’s just beautiful. Didn’t want to miss it,” says Deborah Emens.
The Agricenter welcomed 675 students Monday morning to study the science of the solar eclipse. Students came from all across the Mid-South, including several local schools, home school groups, and 4-H centers.
Speakers from the National Weather Service and U.T. Extension taught students about the different types of eclipse, total eclipse rarity, and what we saw here in the Mid-South.
“They know something exciting is going to happen. They might not be exactly sure what, until they actually get to experience themselves. But they’re very excited, because they know something very special is going to happen,” says Rita Krock, a Clue teacher at Brewster Elementary.
Students also learned about plant life on the farm during the eclipse, and what happens with the solar farm. Students even received a pin hole projector to safely view the eclipse, and a photo of the event as souvenirs.
The Peabody rooftop and skyway in downtown Memphis was also the scene of a solar eclipse party. A $5 donation got you eclipse glasses and a unique venue to watch. Proceeds benefitted St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Sun cookies and Moon Pies were available for sale.
The Pink Palace Museum in Chickasaw Gardens welcomed visitors to its front lawn to watch the eclipse. Unfortunately, Mother Nature did not fully cooperate. Cloud cover obstructed their view right as the eclipse took place.
Those there did enjoy a scale model solar system walk, eclipse activity tables, and the world’s largest fully functioning solar eclipse glasses.