April 09, 2024

A Total Eclipse of the Sun: Cowley Students and Faculty Gather to Enjoy the 2024 Solar Eclipse

two girls enjoying the eclipse

The Cowley College Calder Bonfy Amphitheater was buzzing with excitement as a swarm of eager viewers gathered to witness the celestial magic of a solar eclipse. With eclipse glasses in hand, spectators eagerly awaited the rare spectacle. The Astronomy Department Telescope stood ready, offering a closer glimpse into the cosmic phenomenon.

Braidon Hughes, Cowley Physic Professor and telescope handler, said "I'm incredibly happy about the turnout. I'm glad so many students and colleagues showed up to experience this event".

In addition to the telescope, participants engaged in hands-on learning by crafting pinhole projectors during an instructional activity. These simple yet effective devices allowed them to safely view the eclipse by projecting its image onto a surface.

As the moon gradually obscured the sun, turning day into an eerie darkness, the atmosphere in the Amphitheater was electric with awe and wonder. It was a memorable experience for all who attended, fostering a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the Universe.

Hunter Ferguson | Integrated Communications Specialist
Cowley College
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Arkansas City, KS 67005