Thousands Line Up For Rowan University Solar Eclipse Party

GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBS) — Rowan University hosted a solar eclipse party for thousands with a free show in their planetarium on Monday.

As 6-year-old Wesley Holloway discovered while looking through special CBS3 frames, a solar eclipse enveloped North America on Monday, though the moon only partially covered the sun in our region.

“It’s a crescent moon! And it’s a little bit moving. And there’s some stuff shining from it,” he said.

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To celebrate the celestial event, 9-year-old Malina Cortes and her friends made their own eclipse t-shirts.

“I’ve never seen an eclipse,” she said.

She’s one of thousands who waited in line outside of the Edelman Planetarium at Rowan University for eclipse festivities and to snag a pair of free solar eclipse glasses.

Janice George waited in line with her son since 10 a.m. Monday.

“It’s really exciting Rowan is doing it for the community and for free, open it to the public, and it really doesn’t get better than that,” said George.

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That’s especially true for 10-year-old Lorenzo Garcia, a hopeful future astronaut.

“I’m here for the eclipse. It looks pretty; it has a golden ring!” he said.

The planetarium had 1,300 solar eclipse glasses to give away so people could safely view the eclipse. They ran out within minutes.

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