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Baby Born During Solar Eclipse in Florida

By    |   Tuesday, 22 August 2017 09:18 AM

A baby girl was born Monday during the height of the first total solar eclipse to be visible to the U.S. since 1979.

While most Americans are ecstatic that they were able to see the first visible eclipse since February 26, 1979, there's a family out there that will never forget this historic moment for another reason: the birth of Charlotte Roel Easterly, according to USA Today.

Charlotte — seven pounds, 11 ounces — was born Monday at 1:36 p.m. at Sacred Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, during the rare eclipse.

"It was literally during the eclipse, it was the most amazing thing," said Karen Lee, Charlotte's aunt, according to USA Today.

"It was really special," she added.

Another baby born during the eclipse in Greenville, South Carolina, was named for the astromonical event. Eclipse Alizabeth Eubanks was born at 8:04 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 3 ounces, ABC News reported.

"I think it was just meant to be, her name," mother Freedom Eubanks said, according to ABC News. "We're probably going to call her Clipsey."

In Florida, Lee said months ago her sister joked about having her baby during the solar eclipse. She had no idea that it would actually happen the way that it did.

In the midst of all that was happening, Lee said she was able to go outside briefly to get a glimpse of the eclipse herself.

"At one point, it seemed like there were more people outside the hospital than there were inside. Everyone wanted to see the eclipse," she said, according to USA Today.

While all that was going on, hundreds of people gathered at the Pensacola Library to view the eclipse, according to the Pensacola News Journal.

Considering the fact that the eclipse was too dangerous to view directly with the naked eye, the library was giving away free eclipse glasses.

Monday's total eclipse marked the first time since 1776 — when the country was founded — that the rare eclipse was exclusively visible only to those in the U.S., USA Today noted.

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