By Richard McGuire
The South Okanagan was treated to a rare celestial phenomenon on Aug. 21 when a solar eclipse passed across North America.
The band of totality was only about 100 km wide, extending from Oregon to South Carolina, so only viewers in the United States saw a total eclipse.
But, with about 90 per cent of the sun obscured by the moon, the view in the South Okanagan was the next best thing.
As the sun formed a narrower and narrower crescent approaching 10:25 a.m., temperatures became noticeably cooler and the light appeared – as one viewer suggested – like someone turned down a dimmer switch.
An estimated 500 people turned out to Desert Park in Osoyoos to watch the event, and those who couldn’t get protective glasses found ways to improvise or share.