People in Tyler experience partial solar eclipse

TYLER, Texas (KETK) - Monday afternoon, people stepped outside to catch a glimpse of the partial Solar Eclipse. Some people seeing it for the first time.

It was a calm morning just before lunch in downtown Tyler on the square.

"When I was six-years-old, I remember it being me and my great grandmother, it got totally black," said Tyler resident Montague Fezell. 

East Texas didn't see totality, but according to NASA the moon blocked the sun about 75 to 80% here. 

Meagan Lissner, the owner of Moss flower shop downtown, made eclipse viewers out of cereal boxes and foil.

"We can look through them!" said her daughter, Ava. 

"We're going to head out to our farm because they say the further away from the city you can see it a little bit better," said Lissner. 

Next door at Calvary Chapel Tyler, Pastor Tim Burns makes a projector similar to one he made as a child.

"It was like 1979 and so we went outside and we were all in elementary school and the whole class, we were doing the little paper reverse image. It was kind of fun," said Burns.

Over at Furniture Row on Loop 323, employee Don Zavala brought two of his telescopes to work to get the best of views.

"This is a pretty good set up so I'm pretty impressed," said Furniture Row employee Kimberly Fuller. 

"I'm glad he did because it's an awesome sight. I've never seen anything like that where you can see the sun spots, you can see all the detail," added Denver Mattress employee Daniel Wininger.

Jose Ramos and his girlfriend were walking into Furniture Row to shop but didn't expect to see the eclipse because they didn't have glasses.

"We stepped outside and got an amazing view at the eclipse," said Ramos. "I never thought I was going to look at it but now we have a good view of it."

No matter how you viewed it, it's an image you'll probably remember forever. This is the first total solar eclipse to stretch across the country since 1918. If you happened to miss this one, the next is on April 8, 2024. East Texas is right in the path of totality.


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