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West Texans View Annular Eclipse

Photo taken by Scherry in Hobbs, N.M. Photo taken by Scherry in Hobbs, N.M.
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NewsWest 9

West Texans got a chance to see a much anticipated annular eclipse on Sunday night.

The eclipse occurs when the moon lines up between the earth and the sun and this was the first time in 18 years that it could be seen from the United States.

To celebrate the rare happening, the Blakemore Planetarium in Midland hosted a watching party outside.

Around 200 people were ready with their special solar glasses but they only got to see the beginning of the eclipse.

Some clouds rolled in blocking the view but some of our viewers braved the sun's rays and snapped a few pictures of the event before the clouds got in the way.

The next annular eclipse won't be seen in the U.S. until the year 2023.

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