EKU hosts solar eclipse viewing party

Richmond, Ky– People of all ages gathered on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University to view the solar eclipse as it passed through around 2:30 this afternoon.

To celebrate the phenomenon, EKU hosted a solar eclipse viewing party outside their Hummel Planetarium.

In addition to viewing the eclipse, people enjoyed eclipse themed games and tracked the eclipse as it made its way across the rest of the United States.

Today was the first day of classes for students at EKU, and administrators say this special eclipse is a great way to kick off the school year.

“Yes its the first day of class, and there’s a lot going on, but it’s a wonderful chance to showcase the facility; to be a good partner to the community and you can see it’s a great atmosphere. People have a wonderful opportunity to see a natural occurrence that doesn’t happen that often,” said Michael Benson, President of EKU.

Richmond experienced 95 percent totality, meaning that it did not get drastically dark, but conditions were much more dim than usual, which caused a few crickets to chirp in trees around the viewing area.

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