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Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse viewing party on the quad

About 3,000 Broncos gathered on the Quad in the heart of campus on Aug. 21 for an eclipse viewing party. Broncos had a front row seat for the so-called Great American Total Solar Eclipse. The sun disappeared behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight from 10:12 a.m. to 12:52 p.m. (total eclipse at 11:29 a.m.). 

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on the Quad

Boise State University’s fall 2017 classes that began before 1 p.m. were not held to allow students and faculty to enjoy this rare viewing opportunity, a near-complete solar eclipse.

More Eclipse Facts

Eclipse arc over campus

Eclipse arc over campus

Most total eclipses take place over oceans or unpopulated areas because so much of the planet is covered by water and sparsely populated land. Though this path runs across the country, Idaho’s clear, blue summer skies offered viewers a great view.

Boise State physics professor Brian Jackson talks all about eclipses in this Boise State Podcast: