Senior Residents of The Legacy Willow Bend View Solar Eclipse

8/29/17

During the recent solar eclipse, the senior residents of The Legacy Willow Bend in Plano were anxiously awaiting the moment when the first total solar eclipse in 99 years would move across the continental United States. As the moon made its move to block out the sun, the residents of The Legacy Willow Bend were among the millions viewing the event. The senior living community even hosted a viewing of the eclipse for residents to commemorate the event so that everyone was able to get in on the fun. At the viewing party, attendees used NASA-approved eclipse glasses or pinhole viewing devices to safely watch the sun disappear. For resident Dr. Roger Rian, the moment was of particular interest as he viewed a solar eclipse for the first time. With a lifelong interest in astronomy, the former radiologist even led a presentation in advance of the eclipse, to provide fellow residents with background information about the astronomical event and what it means scientifically. Rian believes the eclipse will incredibly impactful for the scientific community, and he’s excited to see what discoveries and observations were made. He explained that the sun’s corona was visible for almost two hours as the path of totality moved across the country. That’s an astounding amount of time for scientists to make observations about the sun which they normally don’t have the opportunity to see.

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