A rare total solar eclipse August 21 was visible from a narrow region spanning the United States and those outside the band saw a near-total or partial eclipse. In Pueblo the moon covered about 87 percent of the sun and the moon started to be in the sun’s path at about 10:23 am and continued for two hours and 52 minutes with the best viewing time in the city at 11:48 am according to this eclipse by zip code website..
Pictures of the solar eclipse in Pueblo blasted throughout social media during and after the eclipse, and I captured some pictures to showcase from posts made my, Jenny Paulson‘s, about 5,000 member facebook page. One of the most artistic was by Mary Jo Mauro, a local photographer and videographer, who posted a pink sun/moon shot through a telescope from Pueblo’s nature center where Richard, an astronomer from the Southern Colorado Astronomical Society, was today. His device projected the solar eclipse onto cardboard pieces with photos recording the sun’s and moon’s at the best angles all at the same time.
Over 300 people joined the event according to the Nature and Raptor Center which shared pictures of their 10 am to noon event and provided solar telescopes and cardboard for the making of the signs. Pueblo businessman Warren Diodosio posted his study of how the temperature dropped quickly, “Solar eclipse Monday is here! I will watch it in Pueblo as we have about 90% coverage. I have my 4K TV on live coverage and my virtual reality will be ready to go so I can watch it there live. Down to 75 in Pueblo from 87 when it started.”
He said the next solar eclipse won’t be going through Pueblo again until 2045.
Many local schools throughout Pueblo had events related to the solar eclipse and all Pueblo Library District locations had eclipse viewing events. The main Public Library, showed the total eclipse on monitors in the fourth floor. Praise Assembly posted, “”As images of the eclipse roll across the news & social media today, we would invite you to celebrate the words of Psalm 19:1… “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands!” Our God is amazing & beautiful!”
Here’s some more pictures I found throughout social media of the solar eclipse taken by Pueblo residents – Jenny Paulson / Publisher / Southern Colorado Independent Magazine