There's nothing quite like a celestial event, the likes of which hasn't been seen in almost 40 years, to provide some sorely needed perspective into our Earthbound activities.
The sun, which had threatened to disappear behind a thin veil of cloud, stayed at least intermittently in view between noon and 1:19 p.m. Local libraries were the hot spots for many viewers.
"As humans just want to know more about what's going on", says Wanda Green, the Assistant Director for Tom Green County Public Library.
Perhaps 100 of those at the library were also disappointed, as more than 300 pairs of glasses were depleted in about a half hour.
She didn't recall having ever seen an eclipse before, and looked forward to sharing the experience with her son.
"They're excited. It's kind of fun when science comes alive like that", Delgado said.
Today, millions were able to witness the event unfold live online via streams, and hundreds of TV crews, big and small, from around the country captured the action in each place touched by the eclipse.
A shade 14 welding lens is the only lens adequate for viewing the eclipse, according to NASA.
But she said the popular program was still good for the library because it exposed a new group of people to what is available there.
In addition to the viewing glasses, residents sported welder's masks and cereal box eclipse viewers.
Outside, people thought outside the prescribed sunglass method of enjoying the eclipse. She had been calling various stores for two weeks trying to get safety glasses with no luck, and chose to show up early to the library for a final shot. "My little one doesn't quite understand it yet with the whole moon going over the sun, but McKenzie has explained to him the whole process by doing arts and crafts".
As the date of the solar eclipse neared, the phone calls to the library increased.
On Monday afternoon, about 500 people stood in line, hopeful to get a pair of the protecting glasses, Taylor said.
Aimee Villet, the teen librarian, said this was a wonderful opportunity to bring people into the library who wouldn't normally come by.
He added that Cleveland, Ga., was only getting about 98 percent of totality, so they made a quick change of plans and came here.