Students and families experienced the solar eclipse at Arizona State.
It was standing room only at Arizona State’s Hayden Lawn on Monday. Hundreds of students stopped to stare at the sun during the rare solar eclipse 2017. Though solar eclipses themselves are not rare, with one solar eclipse happening somewhere on Earth every 18 months, the eclipse on August 21 was exclusive to the United States, stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. Nearly everyone on Hayden Lawn used glasses to watch the eclipse, while a brave few tried to use a combination of phone and eclipse glasses to take a picture of the moon passing in front of the sun. Arizonans, at peak eclipse around 10:30 a.m., saw the moon cover about 70 percent of the sun. In that moment, the lawn was buzzing, and people began cheering as a small shadow cast over the university for only a few minutes. The next solar eclipse in the U.S. is in 2024.