Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Great American Eclipse at STU

Photo courtesy of Jim Davis.



On the hot and humid afternoon of Aug. 21, St. Thomas University science professors David Quesada and Luis Fernandez-Torres were working up a sweat educating STU students and faculty about the once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse simultaneously happening overhead.

The main attraction was the viewing telescope equipped with a special solar filter, which allowed people to view the eclipse without hurting their eyes. The eclipse watchers also shared eclipse viewing sunglasses, using them as filters for their cell phone cameras.

In an interview with a Florida Catholic reporter, Quesada said: "Science is one thing many people dismiss as boring," he said. "But the students and faculty and staff witnessed something that they’ve never seen before. That got their attention. That's success."

To read the post-eclipse story written by Jim Davis, click here.

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