Dozens of islanders gathered at Sunrise Ridge on Monday morning for an impromptu viewing party to watch the moon make its way in front of the sun during the country’s first eclipse since 1979.
While news has focused on Oregon, which is in the path of totality, and the crowds descending there for the event, the Seattle area experienced a 92 percent eclipse and by 10:20 a.m. Monday, the sun was a small crescent in the sky. On Vashon, spectators of all ages gazed through special eclipse glasses with darkened lenses or held up homemade cereal box projectors to watch the phenomenon. Crickets started chirping and birds became quiet as the temperature dropped and music played. Then, just as the sun began to disappear, it gradually came back and The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” started playing on island music junkie Leila Khatapoush’s well-timed playlist.