Hundreds of Wright State students, faculty, staff and guests stopped by the Quad for a solar eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21.

From 1 to 3 p.m., spectators watched as the moon slowly blocked the sun’s rays from shining down on campus.

“This is once in every century roughly in which we get a transcontinental eclipse that passes from one end of the United States across to the other side,” said Ajani Ross, an instructor in the Department of Physics.

The viewing party was hosted by the Wright State Department of Physics. The department provided eclipse glasses and a telescope for onlookers to safely view the progress of the eclipse.

Wright State celebrates its 50th anniversary as an independent public university in 2017, culminating with a special Homecoming celebration Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

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