Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Experiencing the Eclipse with Vol State

The sky grew dim, getting darker until it looked like dusk. The sun had been overtaken by the moon, casting a ring around its rocky neighbor. Totality may have only lasted for two minutes and forty seconds, but the memories of it will last a lifetime. And who better to share these memories with than the people in your community and travelers from around the world.
The sky before totality
Jeff from Chicago, IL with his telescope
Recently, Vol State’s Gallatin campus was given the task of hosting an event in celebration of the eclipse. Various groups worked around-the-clock to make sure everything was perfect for the event, and in the end, their hard work paid off. It was a treat to see families from around the country, around the world even, come onto campus to watch the eclipse and participate in activities related to the event. Scientific lectures were given, telescopes were looked through, and crafts were made. One of the more interesting activities was the solar cooker contest, which asked participants to roast hot dogs using the sun and the tools at hand. It was neat to meet people like Jeff from Chicago who brought his own telescope and camera setup. “I’m really surprised by what they’ve given out,” said Jeff, who was appreciative of the the faculty, staff, and volunteers who made the event happen. 
One of the participants in the Solar Cooker Contest

We would like to offer a special thanks to Remi Pence for her shots of the sky and the activities in the gymnasium. You can find more of her work here. And of course, a thank you to the faculty, staff, and volunteers who worked to make this event great.


Jessa Mc said...

That photo of "Joe from Carbondale" is actually my husband, Jeff, from Chicago. LOL

Vol State said...

Thanks Jessa...we made the change. But perhaps he just hasn't told you that he is changing his name and moving to Carbondale?

Jessa Mc said...

I'll be seeing him in 8 years for the next eclipse then! I will find you... BWAHAHAHA

Paulie said...

It's been two and half months, but I still think about it every day. Thank you to everybody at Volunteer State and Gallatin. We had the best total eclipse experience anywhere in the country at Vol State!