Solar Eclipse Event Welcomes Community
Nearly four hundred people gathered on the BCC campus on Monday, August 21, to watch the partial eclipse of the sun. With clear skies and approved protective eye wear, the assembly of faculty, staff, students, and community residents were overwhelmed with the celestial occurrence as the moon covered 97% of the sun at 2:44 P.M. EST.
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the phenomenon of a 97% solar eclipse in our own backyard,” remarked Lisa DeVane, department chair for math and science, and coordinator for the activity. “I am pleased we were able to offer the community the opportunity to experience this event.”
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun as seen from the Earth. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.
The last time a total eclipse of the sun crossed the United States from coast to coast was June 8, 1918. The 2017 eclipse, in either total or partial phase, could be seen by over 500 million people in North and South America, Europe, and Africa.