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Thousands flock to downtown Asheville to watch eclipse

Scientists, tourists and locals gathered at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Monday to watch the eclipse. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Scientists, tourists and locals gathered at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville on Monday to watch the eclipse.

Asheville Museum of Science officials estimated the crowd at about 5,000 people. They gave out about 2,600 pairs of eclipse glasses.

The moment the moon covered the sun, all eyes turned toward the heavens. Although obscuration was wasn't 100 percent, there was still plenty of excitement in the crowd.

"It's cool. It's orange with a little dark in it," Cante Thomas said while watching the eclipse.

"A little part of it was dark because the moon is going over the sun, and the moon is colder than the sun," Matthew said as he watched.

AMOS scientists said they were excited to see reactions from folks.

"The best part is seeing everyone coming together in the name of science," AMOS's Dani Pollard said.

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