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Students Attend Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

From left: Hilltop Elementary School 5th graders Destany Groves and Allison Hilt wear their protective glasses while monitoring the solar eclipse at Grand Vue Park.

More than 450 fifth and sixth grade students from Marshall County Schools joined community members at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville to watch the solar eclipse Monday.

Wheeling’s SMART Center provided special programming and instruction to those who attended the astronomy event.  The center also handed out protective glasses to watch the eclipse safely. At Grand Vue Park onlookers were able to experience the solar eclipse at nearly 80%.

The next big solar eclipse, which will be 98% coverage in Moundsville, won’t be until April 8, 2024.  By then the Marshall County students who attended Monday’s viewing party will be seniors in high school or in their first year of college.