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Nothing I can say, a partial eclipse of the sun

August 21, 2017
three people sitting on the quad, watching the eclipseFrom left, Warner School of Education student Blake Harriman, Emily Ivey '18 and Nick Potter '17 view the eclipse from Eastman Quad. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

No zone of totality? No problem. In Rochester, we just considered this a warm-up for 2024 when we’ll see the full eclipse.

From Eastman Quad to the Engineering Quad, River Campus was filled with people, eclipse glasses in hand, to view the moon passing through the path of the sun, offering views of a partial eclipse. Despite some passing clouds, the show didn’t disappoint. For those without glasses, there were the low-tech alternatives, viewing through everything from cereal boxes to large shipping containers. And being Rochester, we of course had some high-tech options for viewing as well. A telescope fitted with the proper filter proved to be a popular option for viewing, and for taking photos through the eyepiece.


moon covering the sun, seen through clouds

The partial solar eclipse is seen behind clouds. Rochester hit the point of maximum coverage at 2:35 p.m. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

students with smartphones looking through a telescope

Electrical and computer engineering graduate student Yuchuan Zhuang takes a photo of the eclipse through a telescope. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

two students, one with his head inside a large cardboard box

Dan Marnell, left, and Jonathan Becker view the eclipse from the Engineering Quad. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

woman with eclipse glasses looking up

Biomedical engingeer staffer Julie Kuebel borrows some glasses to view the eclipse. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

large groupd stands around a carboard box with the eclipse image projected onto it

The eclipse is projected onto paper as people gather to view the eclipse from the Engineering Quad. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

long line of people waiting on the quad

Crowds wait for their turn to view the eclipse through the solar telescopes set up on the Engineering Quad. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

crowd of people along the walkway on the Rush Rhees Library tower

The first 50 people in line were given the chance to view the eclipse from the tower of Rush Rhees Library. (University photo / J. Adam Fenster)

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