In Photos  Eclipsed in wonder at BGSU

In Photos: Eclipsed in wonder at BGSU

Doyt L. Perry Stadium played host to an experience for the ages as the University and community took in the Great American Eclipse

On April 8, 2024, at 3:11 p.m., an event that had been predicted and planned for years arrived at BGSU, uniting the learning and greater community in three minutes of celestial spectacle. The Great American Total Solar Eclipse, the rare occurrence of the moon completely blocking out the sun, plunged the skies over Bowling Green into darkness and the event served as a reason to celebrate – and educate – during the eclipse viewing party at Doyt L. Perry Stadium.

University photographers Craig Bell, Justin Camuso-Stall '14 and Haven Conn '22 as well as student photographers Nico Kvalheim, Nicholas Polace and Keira Ellenberger and social media team members Juwaan McGee and Brielle Somodi '22 captured the excitement of the day.

People in lawnchairs and blankets fill the field at Doyt L. Perry Stadium
The crowd assembles at Doyt L. Perry Stadium for the BGSU eclipse watch party.
BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers checks out the view of the sun through his Falcon-themed eclipse glasses.
BGSU President Rodney K. Rogers checks out the view of the sun through his Falcon-themed eclipse glasses. (BGSU photo/Haven Conn '22)
A visitor lounges in a "sun chair" on the field.
A visitor lounges in a "sun chair" on the field. (BGSU photo/Keira Ellenberger)

Anticipation built through the morning as students, faculty and staff as well as out-of-town guests, families and astronomy enthusiasts gathered at the stadium and surrounding areas, their eyes trained on the sky.

Coordinated by a multi-disciplinary eclipse planning committee with members from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Musical Arts, and University Libraries, the day's events consisted of educational activities for adults and youth alike, musical performances by the Falcon Marching Band, student-led science activities, music specially composed by students for the eclipse, games and inflatables, and food trucks with eclipse-themed cuisine.

Skywatchers donned special eclipse glasses — dark, safe lenses that revealed the sun as a crescent as the moon moved in front. The falcon-themed glasses were provided to eclipse watchers for free by BGSU and were collected for recycling afterward. The Doyt took on a tailgate atmosphere as the crowd waited for the big event to arrive as students, families, friends and coworkers sprawled on picnic blankets, sharing stories and making memories.

A group of students sit on a blanket and wear eclipse glasses
Students get their eclipse glasses ready so they can safely view the sun during the watch party. (BGSU photo/Haven Conn '22)
Seven students wearing matching T-shirts and eclipse glasses stand in a row
Students who were among the first to arrive as the gates opened at noon received exclusive BGSU eclipse T-shirts. (BGSU photo/Brielle Somodi '22)
Sign for Eclipsing History podcast
BGSU students produced a podcast before the eclipse titled "Eclipsing History" that highlights the event's historical and cultural significance. (BGSU photo/Keira Ellenberger)
People wearing eclipse glasses sit on a football field
Visitors fill the field at Doyt L. Perry stadium to get an unobstructed view of the sun. (BGSU photo/Brielle Somodi '22)
A person looks through a telescope
Large telescopes let viewers glimpse safe views of the sun through all stages of the eclipse. (BGSU photo/Haven Conn '22)

Attendees enjoyed a guided walk through the eclipse, courtesy of Dr. Andrew Layden, chair of the BGSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. Layden cued the crowd to phenomena they were experiencing, such as changes in temperature and light levels, and instructed people when to wear their eclipse glasses and when it was safe to remove them in totality. 

Solar eclipse photo shows the diamond ring effect where a bit of sun appears with the ring of corona attached
The "diamond ring" effect is observed as a bit of sun peeks out. (BGSU photo/Haven Conn '22)
Dr. Andrew Layden stands at a podium
Dr. Andrew Layden points out what the crowd should expect when it starts eclipsing. (BGSU photo/Juwaan McGee)
Students gaze skyward
Students gaze skyward as totality nears. (BGSU photo/Keira Ellenberger)
Dr. Kate Dellenbusch wears eclipse glasses
Dr. Kate Dellenbusch takes in the beginnings of the solar eclipse. (BGSU photo/Keira Ellenberger)
Two people wear eclipse glasses and look up
Students look skyward as totality nears. (BGSU photo/Juwaan McGee)

Then, at 3:11 p.m., silence fell. Eclipse glasses lifted. Darkness crept in, and the sun vanished. The corona blazed — a cosmic halo. For three minutes, attendees stood in awe. Then, cheers and applause. The BGSU eclipse party left skywatchers spellbound.

Doyt L. Perry Stadium at BGSU during the total solar eclipse
Totality reaches Bowling Green as thousands watch the celestial event. (BGSU photo/Haven Conn '22)
 People watch the total solar eclipse in a football stadium
BGSU was plunged into darkness during totality at 3:11 p.m. (BGSU photo/Craig Bell)
The sun during a total solar eclipse
The total solar eclipse reveals the sun's corona. (BGSU photo/Craig Bell)
Eclipse viewer raises her arms
A visitor has a joyful moment in totality. (BGSU photo/Keira Ellenberger)

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Updated: 04/12/2024 12:01PM