Yesterday evening, we packed up our dinner as a picnic and headed out to a nearby park in order to watch the eclipse. It covered 80% of the sun at maximum viewing, which was only about 20 minutes before sunset. My parents were kind enough to pick us up some eclipse glasses a few days ago, so we had a safe way to watch.
We had fun, and decided that perhaps we'll take a road trip in five years--the next time there's supposed to be a total eclipse in the USA. It would be neat to see the whole thing. As for something nearer, there's supposed to be a transit of Venus sometime in early June, and we're wondering if that will be visible without magnification through the eclipse glasses. I also wonder how expensive solar filters are for telescopes. If I can get something cheap, perhaps it's time to dust off my old six-inch reflector and have an astronomy party. One thing I'm not sure of though: how does one align a telescope to true north during the day when the north star isn't visible?