Fla. auto theft suspect arrested after stopping to watch eclipse

Authorities in Florida say an auto theft suspect who wanted to watch the moon blot out the sun instead has a blot on his record.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page that Jocsan Rosado was arrested Monday after he parked what deputies say was a stolen car to watch the eclipse.

Deputies say Rosado stole the vehicle, and unbeknownst to him, was being followed by detectives with the auto theft unit.

Deputies say he stopped at a hardware store to purchase a welding mask for watching the eclipse safely.

He was arrested next to the stolen car, wearing the welding mask and looking up at the sky.

There were no online court records for Rosado early Tuesday, and it was unknown if he had an attorney.

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People in Havana witness partial solar eclipse

Cubans got word about the solar eclipse Monday by way of state-run television, although the local newspaper made no mention of the event.

Local 10 News reporter Hatzel Vela was in Havana as he and others witnessed a partial solar eclipse.

An hour before the event, some were trying to figure out if their homemade devices would work.

Some women used a shoe box solution they found on the internet.

“It’s a phenomenon,” Nestor Marti said in Spanish at Plaza De San Francisco.

Indeed, it’s been a phenomenon that’s been part of all cultures in the world and has created wonder everywhere it happens. 

Plaza Vieja turned into a planetarium for the solar eclipse.

The city’s planetarium brought out telescopes so people could see what was happening.

Solar eclipse glasses were hard to find in Cuba, so in the spirit of sharing, people passed them around and enjoyed the magic of nature.

“On the average, you get a total eclipse in the same spot every 360 years,” Havana Planetarium Specialist Francisco Gonzalez said. 

Prime time for the eclipse in Havana was about 2:50 p.m., when people could see at least 65 percent of the sun covered.

In a place where the sun is consistently intense, at best the eclipse made the environment feel cloudy and gave people some relief from the heat.

Cuba last saw a total eclipse in 1878. The next one on the island is expected in 2132.


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People gather in South Florida to see Great American Eclipse

It’s the moment for which people in the U.S. waited all day — or 37 years, to be precise — as a tiny sliver of sun peeked out from behind the moon.

“This we just made at home with some simple paper, shoe box,” said Ana Guimbard as she showed off a device she made to watch Monday’s solar eclipse.

Guimbard and her family came prepared for the Great American Eclipse with homemade projectors to witness the phenomenon at the Frost Museum of Science in downtown Miami.

‘It’s very interesting, because it goes dark in the middle of the day and it only happens a couple few years,” Victoria Guimbard said.

The U.S. last experienced a solar eclipse in 1979.

Thousands packed the museum Monday as employees handed out solar glasses with the price of admission.

The coveted glasses were all gone by 1:30 p.m. right as the moon began to block the sun in South Florida.
Some people got creative to see the eclipse, but the solar eclipse glasses have a special filter that blocks most of the sun’s light to protect the eye.

“Without that, you will cause serious damage to your eye even for a second,” said Lindsay Bartholomew, of the Frost Museum of Science.

Peak viewing time happened just before 3 p.m. when 80 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon.

By 4:20 p.m., that shadow was gone, not to be seen again until the next time the sun, moon and earth line up just so.

“You’ll remember where you were,” said Ana Guimbard. “You’ll probably remember the people you were with and how exciting it was.”


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WATCH LIVE: Live camera of South Florida’s view of the eclipse

While we may not get full eclipse totality here in South Florida, the sun will be about 80 percent blocked out and that’s not bad.

Local 10 is offering a live look at the eclipse as it appears over Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

So forget South Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee… here’s what your neighbors are seeing as the sun disappears (mostly) during the Great American Eclipse.

SEND pictures of your eclipse “experience” to [email protected].


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What will South Florida be doing during solar eclipse?

Millions of people across the country, including South Florida, will watch as the moon crosses in front of the sun Monday, briefly turning day into night.

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami is one of the many locations hosting a solar eclipse watch party. Dozens of people stood in line Monday morning waiting for the museum to open. The museum is giving away eclipse glasses with the price of admission.

“I love nature and I think this is an incredible opportunity to see a gift from the universe to us,” Louisa Sztern Robel told Local 10 News.

Monday’s celestial event will be the first time in 38 years that a solar eclipse will be visible from the U.S. It is the first time in 99 years that a total solar eclipse will pass from coast to coast.

South Florida is expected to receive about 80 percent totality — the peak time at 2:58 p.m.

The eclipse coincides with the first day of school in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Students in Broward County Public Schools are being kept indoors, while Miami-Dade County Public Schools is letting individual schools decide whether children will be allowed outside during the eclipse.

Follow Local 10 News’ live coverage of the solar eclipse on Local10.com and use the complete guide to be prepared.

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