People began lining up to buy eclipse glasses from the Homewood Science Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday. By 10 a.m., the line wound through the science center parking lot to Chestnut Road and over to Dixie Highway.
"Eclipsapalooza," science center Executive Director Edie Dobrez called it. The center sold 200 glasses in about seven minutes, she said.
The first three people in line, Jerry and Nikki Lambert and Joan Summit, brought lawn chairs for the long wait.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and I'd like to see the eclipse, even if it is only two minutes," Nikki Lambert said.
The eclipse mania will continue on Monday when the science center opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. in preparation for the event, which will begin about 11:54 a.m. In this area, the eclipse will be partial, with about 87 percent of the sun blocked by the moon.
Dobrez said the event has evolved into a real party, with a food truck and booths by El Coyote and Dairy Queen, activities for kids, a NASA livestream of the eclipse in the Michael Wexler Theater and a chance to safely view the eclipse from Martin Square adjacent to the center.
- Make your own solar viewer or solar mask with American Astronomical Society-approved viewing film. Supplies are limited.
- Create a camera obscura to view the eclipse or a pinhole camera and take a photo of the eclipse.