Coyotes Start Year with Eclipse Viewing

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Students, Staff, Faculty Gather on Campus to Watch Rare Event

Hundreds of Kansas Wesleyan students gathered to watch the solar eclipse on campus Monday. Student Development provided viewing glasses, along with MoonPies and SunChips. Kansas Wesleyan watch the 2017 solar eclipse

Cloudy conditions prevented a continuous view of the eclipse, but the sky did clear every few moments to reveal the changing scene. Students chatted and took selfies as they waited for the eclipse to progress. As clouds cleared to show a new view, there were excited murmurs as students, faculty and staff donned their glasses and angled for a good view.

"The last of our students moved in over the weekend and classes do not start until tomorrow." Vice President for Student Development Bridget Weiser said. "The timing of the eclipse was a unique opportunity for our campus to share this experience together. It's certainly not something we have the opportunity to see every day or even every decade."

Though eclipses are common, rarely is the path of totality visible for such a large swath of the U.S. In Salina, the eclipse obscured 96 percent of the sun. A total solar eclipse will not be visible again in the U.S. until 2024.