Gardnerville views 80 percent totality of Solar Eclipse |

Gardnerville views 80 percent totality of Solar Eclipse

The moon formed a crescent shape over the sun Monday during the solar eclipse.
Sarah Drinkwine |

Gardnerville residents gasped with wonder and astonishment as the moon slid between the Earth and the sun Monday during the rare total eclipse.

Resident Jim Sack working with the Town of Gardnerville, set up an eight-inch Meade Computerized telescope so locals could safely view the phenomenon at the Town of Gardnerville Office.

Mateo Bolen, 13, looked through the telescope as a crescent shape formed over the sun.

“It was really cool, it reminded me of the moon just brighter,” he said.

The rare total eclipse of the sun was visible across swaths of the continental U.S. for the first time since 1979.

According to anyone within the path of totality, stretching from Salem, Ore., to Charleston, S.C., could see the total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere — the corona — can be seen. Observers outside this path saw a partial solar eclipse where the moon covered part of the sun’s disk.

Nevada was among the partial path, receiving 80 percent of totality.