On August 21, the total solar eclipse fascinated people across the country. Astronomers from CIERA travelled to Wyoming, Kansas, Idaho, Missouri, and southern Illinois to enjoy the event with friends and family along the path of totality. On the day of the eclipse, CIERA hosted an unadvertised pop-up viewing on the front courtyard of the Technological Institute on Sheridan Road, attracting at least 650 people. Graduate students David Goldfinger, Kyle Kremer, and Shi Ye set up two telescopes specially outfitted with white light solar filters and eyepieces to make them safe. CIERA staff gave out safe viewing eclipse glasses and CIERA bookmarks.
View CIERA’s 2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Guide.
Watch CIERA Postdoctoral Associate, Deanne Coppejans, discuss the science behind the eclipse on NBC Chicago (1:02).