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Eclipse Memories 2024

After over a year of planning, days of distributing eclipse glasses, and hours of preparing solar filters for the telescopes, the BGSU Physics and Astronomy Department brought the community together to view three minutes of stunning totality.

Viewers gathered on April 8th at the Doyt L. Perry Stadium to watch the total solar eclipse, a phenomenon that only happens one to three times a year, and often in remote places on Earth. On this special day, thousands of people gathered to walk around student- and organization-led booths, jump in the bouncy houses, learn more about astronomy, and of course, watch the eclipse.

One of the effects of a total solar eclipse is a palpable drop in temperature as the Moon covers the Sun. The weather station at the Stadium and the Chemistry Department here at BGSU gathered separate data of the outside temperature as the day went on, which when plotted, shows that dip in temperature.

As a faux twilight donned the sky and the moon finally covered the Sun, cheers erupted. The viewers, finally able to take of their glasses, stood and watched in awe. This type of eclipse won’t occur in Bowling Green again until 2099.   -HHM'24

Updated: 05/17/2024 04:49PM