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Southern Oregonians Watch Annular Solar Eclipse

By Yessenia Anderson

ASHLAND,Ore. — This is not the total eclipse you’re use to hearing about as the new moon passes between the Earth and the sun; it blocks most, but not all, of the sun’s disc.

“It means that it’s not safe to look at it even at totality because its an annular eclipse its very special,” said Science Works Director, Chip Lindsey.

A special eclipse that called for a special type of shades or a larger looking glass.

“Couple sets of binoculars, a very simple projection telescope. dobsonian reflector telescope,” said Lindsey.

While hundreds of viewers in Ashland lined up for a peek, one little girl watched the show through her own pinhole camera.

“You line this dot here at the very end up with the sun and then you have to look at this paper right here,” said McKenzie Moore.

McKenzie was prepared with her homemade project, while others hit the road to make sure they didn’t miss a thing.

“We came from Bend, its not going to happen for a long time and we wanted to see it,” said Andrew Rowden.

After four hours on the road, almost two waiting in anticipation, the moment finally arrived.

“The second time we saw it, it was very thin and then it turned into a circle,” said Bianca Bracuto.

The site of the blazing ring left some nearly speechless.

“My friends and I were together and we were seeing it point by point and finally came to the ring it was pretty awesome. It was definitely worth waiting around to see the scene,” said Therman Rich.

Watch NewsWatch12′s video of the eclipse here.