Solar Eclipse 2017 on the LSU Parade Ground

On August 21, 2017, more than a thousand astronomy enthusiasts gathered on the LSU Parade Ground to view the Great American Eclipse.

Physics & Astronomy Department Chair John DiTusa and WAFB chief meteorologist Jay Grymes emceed the event on the first day of class for the fall semester. While students, faculty and staff shared solar viewing glasses to look at the partial eclipse, faculty talked about the science and history of the eclipse, including Manos Chatzopoulos, Gabriela Gonzalez and Rob Parks. Attendees also experienced alternative ways to view the eclipse with a sun spotter, solar filter disk, pinhole cameras, and even viewing the eclipse on the ground through the oak trees.


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