Lower Columbia College commemorated the Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017 with a special viewing event coordinated by the Corporate and Continuing Education Department. The campus was filled with community members, celestial observers and family groups who came to experience this special event.
Celestial watchers wore or observed with special eclipse glasses or filters. Approximately 300 people of all ages were present at the moment of the 97% eclipse.
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Art Instructor Michael Kohlmeier, who has a special interest in astronomy, gave an educational talk and provided viewing telescopes. Astronomy instructor Jose Vazquez provided additional viewing opportunities using a special telescope to project the eclipse onto a screen.
The Bookstore sold eclipse glasses prior to the event.
The Fork & Flame Cafe provided a variety of eclipse themed food items for purchase during and after the event.
The Gym & Fitness Center concocted eclipse themed smoothies for purchase at the Red Devil Juice Bar.
The Library/Learning Commons featured a bookshelf on astronomy topics, and invited watchers to view the eclipse from the Library balcony.
Special thanks to staff from LCC departments, including Corporate and Continuing Education, Effectiveness & College Relations, Library/Learning Commons, Campus Services, Bookstore and Campus Security, along with all of the faculty and staff who worked together to make this event a cerebral, educational, memorable and exciting event to remember!
LCC encouraged people to become citizen scientists through NASA, UC-Berkeley and other institutions efforts to aid more than half-a-dozen different science experiments tied to the solar eclipse. More information about this effort at Become a Citizen Scientist.
LCC encouraged people to protect their eyes by providing the following information: