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Thousands in Maryland watch 'SuperBowl of astronomy' — the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years

Thousands in Maryland watch 'SuperBowl of astronomy' — the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 99 years

About 3,000 people flocked to the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore Monday to see the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century.

Lines stretched out the front door as hundreds waited for their chance to get on the rooftop to peer through telescopes made safe for viewing through special filters. Some donned special glasses. Still others used viewers made from pizza boxes, index cards and coffee cups.

"It's the Super Bowl of astronomy,” said Samantha Blau, a program manager at the Science Center, adding that the eclipse would likely be the center’s busiest day of the year. “During the regular season people may not be paying attention, but everyone is...

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