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2017 Partial Eclipse Viewing

Posted by Emlyn Crocker,
North Country explorer from Plainfield, Vermont
August 21, 2017

Quite a crowd gathered on the St. Lawrence campus for the 2017 partial eclipse. Jeff Miller, from the SLU physics department, set up telescopes and provided "eclipse glasses" - specially designed temporary shades that allow the wearer to look at the sun during the eclipse. Others brought homemade pin hole viewers and welding glass to explore different effects. The celebration of this unique astronomical event also felt like a celebration of the end of summer - college students and families mingled, blankets were set out, and frisbees and eclipse glasses both flew from hand to hand as everyone enjoyed the spectacle.