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There goes the sun: Emory enjoys the solar eclipse

Students, faculty and staff on Emory’s Atlanta campus gathered in front of the student center on Monday afternoon to view the partial solar eclipse, which peaked at just under 82% at 3:04 p.m. 

Members from the Society of Physics Students and the Astronomy Club were present to help provide information at the pop-up “Eclipse and Chill” event, which was sponsored by Dooley After Dark, Campus Life’s Office of Sorority & Fraternity Life, Emory Dining and the Emory Student Center.

In addition to receiving eclipse glasses to share for safe viewing, attendees tie-dyed T-shirts and enjoyed snacks, including several with astronomical themes: Starbursts, Orbit gum, Sun Chips, Moon Pies, Pop Rocks and Sunkist sodas.

About 40 miles farther east at Emory’s Oxford College campus, the solar eclipse peaked a minute later at almost 81%. The community gathered on the historic Quad, where participants were provided with eclipse glasses and an opportunity for live viewing through a telescope.

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