Sandy Brown, from Western Head, was one of the people who went to the park for the event. She said she decided to watch the eclipse because she’s always been interested in things like that.
Brown said she remembers watching an eclipse as a child in Brantford, Ont. Her father, Harley Walker, had glasses made from black and white negatives.
Wayne Mansfield was also at the event to see the moon slide across the sun. Mansfield, a resident of Milton, NS, is a member of the Queens County Astronomy Group and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
“We’re getting a partial eclipse here today,” said Mansfield about what people in Nova Scotia saw.
Partial means there was about 50 per cent coverage of the sun, he added.
“It’s quite rare,” Mansfield said. “The last time we had one here was 1999.”
The eclipse started at about 2:45 p.m. and was slated to finish at approximately 4:55 p.m.
“The maximum’s going to be at about four o’clock.”
Mansfield and his friend Carson Perry brought multiple telescopes, a pair of binoculars, and a screen setup for the public to monitor the eclipse.
Mansfield got involved with the astronomical groups because astronomy has been one of his hobbies since he was a child. He joined the society in 2001 and formed a Facebook group in 2005.