Thousands gather in Boulder to see partial solar eclipse

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A huge crowd gathered at Folsom Field in Boulder to view a partial solar eclipse in which the sun appeared as a "ring of fire" behind the moon.

An estimated 5,000 people waited and watched as the clouds threatened to ruin the event. But they parted just in time for some eclipse viewing.

"The moon does pass close to the sun every month but usually it goes a little too high or a little too low. To have it actually go directly in front of the sun is quite rare," says CU astronomy professor Erica Ellingson.

The eclipse was partially visible in metro Denver beginning at 6:22 p.m. MDT and ending at 8:09 p.m. The maximum eclipse visible in Denver occurred at 7:29 p.m.

Pam Bonda brought 7-year-old son to Folsom Field to experience real-life science as opposed to in the classroom:

"It'll stick with him longer because he'll remember this event and he'll remember being with me and it's just a memory that we can share together," she says.

"We're not going to make any new astronomical discoveries on this eclipse but we're gonna have a heck of a lot of fun and so will thousands and thousands and thousands of people here at CU," says Dr. Doug Duncan, Fiske Planetarium director.

The Denver Astronomical Society hosted a safe-viewing event at Chamberlin Observatory in Observatory Park.

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The next celestial event you'll be able to see in Colorado is the transit of Venus across the sun. That happens June 5.

A total eclipse will take place in 2017. It will be visible as close as Wyoming.