Hannah Nigrin stepped up to the telescope manned by Harford County Astronomical Society president Rick Fensch, excited to see her first-ever solar eclipse.
The 18-year-old Harford Community College student later described a mix of emotions upon seeing the near-total eclipse. She was one of about 1,000 people who gathered in the parking lot of the HCC Observatory to see the eclipse as it made its way across the United States Monday afternoon.
"It's very intimidating to look at, and it's awesome — it's very beautiful," Nigrin, a resident of Bel Air, said.
Nigrin is going into her second year at HCC; she studies cybersecurity.
"I'm so interested in...