SMU solar eclipse viewing event a success


Thanks to the Department of Astronomy & Physics and the Division of Engineering, hundreds of visitors to Saint Mary’s University campus safely enjoyed the partial solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. PhD in Astronomy candidate Mitchell Young spearheaded the public viewing event, which provided the opportunity to safely view the partial eclipse through the lens of a telescope or safety glasses. Visitors also had the opportunity to experience eclipse totality through a head-mounted HTC Vive connected to Google Earth Virtual Reality. 

Meanwhile, in the Midwest…

A contingent of Saint Mary’s students and faculty members travelled over 3,000 kilometres last week to experience the total solar eclipse visible across 14 states in the Midwestern United States. Among them were Master of Science in Astronomy candidate Tiffany Fields, Bachelor of Science student John Read, and Burke Gaffney Observatory Director Dave Lane.