Appalachian Community Members Enjoy Solar Eclipse


On Monday, August 21, the day before classes started, we gathered with thousands of students including incoming freshmen, faculty, staff and members of our community to share in the Solar Eclipse on the campus of Appalachian State University. This was the first solar eclipse to cross the continental United States in 99 years.

The College of Arts and Sciences handed out 5,000 solar viewing glasses. Astronomy and physics students set up five telescopes for safe solar viewing on Sanford Mall and to answer questions from our campus and community participants. A portable planetarium was built and set up for the occasion in the Plemmons Student Union and a live stream of the Eclipse in totality from Sylva, N.C. was streamed for viewing.

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