Augustana College celebrates eclipse

Students gathered in the quad to view the total solar eclipse

Students gathered on Augustana College's campus to see the total solar eclipse. 

While some students said they've been looking forward to this event for years, others wanted to see what all the hype was about.

The Quad Cities experienced about 90 percent totality over the span of about 3 hours. At around 1:20p.m. students were able to look at the eclipse with the right equipment. 

Although there was an overcast in the area, many said it didn't stop them from seeing some form of the eclipse. 

Marissa Jaeske is a freshman and was excited to see fellow students so enthusiastic. 

"I thought it was so cool," said Jaeske. "I thought I'd be the only person coming here or like only a couple people would be here and there's a lot of people here so it's great to have everyone really interested in it."

Bill Peterson is a professor in the science department at Augustana and helped organize the eclipse view party in the quad. 

"I think it's great that it gets people to look up into the sky and see something unusual and be interested in it." said Peterson. "Other than just looking at what's around down here.

Augustana College does have it's own observatory but did not use it for the solar eclipse. They said one of the neat things about a total eclipse is it can be seen outside with the right equipment. 


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