We got a good sample right around 6 p.m., and continued until about 6:45 p.m. when children's attention was significantly diminished. No ring of fire (Northern California has a better angle for that) but an impressive eclipse anyway. We definitely noticed it was getting slightly darker, even though the sun was still up. I like this picture of Lukas viewing the eclipse while Natalie swings.
Here Tom is attaching foil with a larger hole. We later found that a hole that was smaller (about 1/4" diameter) worked better.
What we saw at 6:15 p.m.
Of course we invited a few neighbors over to share. At one time we had 10 kids in the yard.
Dominik's first solar eclipse. He has no clue.
After we changed the cover to have a smaller hole, it came in much clearer.
Around 6:30 we could also see the shadows change to look like half-circles too.
About 6:40, the time of maximum eclipse.
Thanks for a fun eclipse party, Tom!