Visitors gathered in Boysen State Park with their families from all over the country on Monday’s solar eclipse day.
News 13’s Raven Ford spoke with visitors about their eclipse view in Wyoming.
One shared, “I’ve never really seen one and I’m pretty excited.”
Dr. Bret Bennington, Hofstra University Professor, “Were all completely excited I mean it’s like a wedding I’ve been planning this for years.”
Scott Lakeram, Hofstra University student commented, “As a geologist I always look down at the ground I never look up so this would be one of the first for me."
Visitors viewing the eclipse from Fremont County said the views here are completely different from what they are accustomed to at home.
“Out here it’s really, really dark at night and you can see the milky way and you can see the stars. In New York we don’t see those things you know there’s just too much light."
For reassurance, some even brought along advanced equipment to view the eclipse through the Wyoming sky.
"Here we have an eight inch reflecting telescope with a solar filter on the front that reduces the intensity of sunlight by a factor of one hundred thousand."
It got darker and darker at the state park; people began to ready to view the eclipse, some came as far as France.
“I came with my whole family here. We came here three weeks early for this event,” shared Marianne Cognet.”
Garare Cognet, “We are from Grenoble, others from Paris, and what else I don’t remember exactly.”
Cognet said it took him three weeks to plan this event for the whole family and he's happy they were able to make it.
“I feel two things. The first, very glad to be together and it’s a big event a solar eclipse so it’s very interesting also."
Everyone grew quiet and suddenly, the sky changed from day to night.
“There’s no words that I could put together, it looked just like a black hole in the sky."
John Durkess Sciences Technical Director said the excitement was paralyzing.
“I froze for I guess it was two minutes and it seemed like 15 seconds I’m smiling I’m just so happy right now I was hugging people."
People came from different locations but celebrate together after witnessing a view of a lifetime.
Despite forecasts of possible crowd coverage, Fremont County visitors were able to capture the celestial event.