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Hundreds of students wowed by historic solar eclipse in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – At 11:11 a.m., all eyes were on the sky for the historic solar eclipse at Adams elementary school in Santa Barbara.

"I see like … imagine a moon like a crescent moon but yellow," said student Hunter Schneider at Adams Elementary School.

"It looks like … well the moon moves in front of the sun and it looks like kind of like something’s eating the sun or taking a slice out of it," said student Hayden Seymour at Adams Elementary School.

The PTA generously purchased a pair of viewing glasses for every student in grades one through six and for every staff member so they could share in this rare opportunity.

"It’s pretty great it’s happening during the school day … teach our students get excited about things in the world around you … to learn from every opportunity you can and a little bit of science and a little bit of community," said principal Kelly Fresch at Adams Elementary School.

After seeing the solar eclipse some students are now interested in pursuing astronomy and other related careers.

"Yeah I think I’ll probably want to work at NASA," said Seymour.

Santa Barbara isn’t in the path of totality, but locals were able to see the eclipse at 55 percent.

The partial eclipse began at 10:06 a.m., reached its 55 percent maximum at 11:11 a.m., and then ended at 12:19 p.m.

The eclipse mainly swepped across the United States from Maine to Texas.

Millions of people across the United States were able to see the total solar eclipse.

This day marks the last chance to see the solar eclipse in North America for 21 years.

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