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Thousands of people flock to Vancouver's parks and seawall for solar eclipse (PHOTOS)

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DH Vancouver Staff Aug 21, 2017 4:52 am 2,257

Vancouverites could not contain their eagerness to watch the moon make its transit in front of the sun this morning.

Thousands of people spent hours this morning at beaches, parks, plazas, the seawall, bridges, and even the roadside to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse, which reached 86% totality in Metro Vancouver.

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There were large crowds for the event outside Science World, Vanier Park by the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Jack Poole Plaza, and Robson Square.

At Science World, where staff and volunteers were on hand to answer cosmos-related and safe eclipse viewing questions, there were cheers and screams when the event reached its maximum.

The celestial phenomenon in BC began at 9:09 am, reached its maximum at 10:21 am, and ended at 11:37 am. While the eclipse was viewable from the West Coast to the East Coast, only a 115-km path across the continent from Oregon is South Carolina saw it as a totality.

Many used special eclipse filtering glasses to avoid eye damage, while others creatively used cereal and shoe boxes as their makeshift solar viewer – to catch the shadow of the moon passing over the sun.

Here are some photos of the eclipse crowds this morning:

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

Vancouverites spending their Monday morning on August 21, 2017 to watch the solar eclipse. (Daily Hive)

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