Gateway to Science eclipse event brings in more than 400 visitors

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BISMARCK, N.D. - It came and went in a flash, but millions of people around the country saw the rare eclipse. The Gateway to Science Center decided to get in on the action. Tove Mandigo brought her granddaughter Leah.

"What do you see?” said Mandigo. “I see a bright yellow sun,” replied Leah.

It's not very often you intentionally look at the sun.

"I see a nice round, orange ball,” said Eunice Toman, a first-time eclipse viewer.

That's what more than 400 people at the Gateway to Science center in Bismarck, waiting for the sun to disappear.

"Because she's really interested in science and this is an unusual event. I wanted her to be able to see it because I got to see some when I was younger,” said Mandigo.

The 1979 eclipse nearly blacked out Bismarck.

"And it got really dark downtown and it was an eerie feeling because it got so dark,” said Mandigo

The science center had telescopes to view a silhouette of the eclipse and a station to build your own box viewfinder for those that didn't have glasses.

"We're all about science and we want to make sure something like this that happens very rarely in your lifetime is something that everyone gets a chance to experience,” said executive director Beth Demke.

About 85 percent of the sun's light was blocked out at peak eclipse.

Local hospitals reported no visits to the emergency room due to the eclipse.