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University Gazette

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

There goes the sun

Thousands flocked to campus, especially the Morehead Planetarium sundial, to view the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

With their eyes trained to the sky, thousands of Carolina students, faculty and staff members and community members spread out on blankets, relaxed in lawn chairs and staked out sunny places on campus to watch the solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse glasses were the hottest fashion trend of the day.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center threw a party to celebrate, complete with food trucks, screen-printed eclipse posters and special planetarium shows. The crowd cheered at 2:43 p.m., when the moon blotted out about 93 percent of the sun. Carolina was not in the path of the total solar eclipse.

Monday’s eclipse was the first one since 1918 that traveled across the United States.

The solar eclipse creates crescent-shaped pools of light filtered through a tree onto the ground.


An eerie midday darkness signals the height of the eclipse over the sundial.