All-American Eclipse Celebration

Depending on where you live and how closely you follow the news, the first total solar eclipse in 99 years crossed the entire continental U.S. on Aug. 21—and we couldn’t think of a better thing to do than celebrate!
Approximately 650 students, faculty, alumni, and friends came to enjoy our family-friendly event that included live music, bounce houses, a slip ’n slide, a delicious meal, and an educational booth outfitted with activities from one of NASA’s brilliant former employees—USM’s very own Dr. Ollie Bogdon, assistant professor in education.
Leavenworth was in the eclipse’s path of totality, which passed diagonally from a west-coast beach in Oregon (around 10:18 a.m. PDT) and to a beach in South Carolina (around 2:48 p.m. EDT). Though the total phase was estimated to last one minute 31 seconds on USM’s campus, unfortunately, cloud cover interfered with our view. We were still able to see glimpses of the amazing display in the sky and experience total darkness at 1:07:11 p.m.

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