More than 600 members of the Columbia College community — including students, faculty, staff and family members — gathered on the campus Quad to take in the total solar eclipse on the afternoon of Aug. 21.

The Columbia College community celebrated the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse with a party on the campus Quad.
(Photo by Kaci Smart)

It was the first time Columbia was in the path of a total solar eclipse since 1442, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics commemorated the occasion by throwing a party with a picnic lunch, photo booth, informational booths and giveaways, all set to a soundtrack of sun-, moon- and eclipse-themed music.

At around 1:12 p.m., the moon blocked the sun for nearly three minutes, treating all those in attendance on the Quad to what could be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Check out a photo gallery from the occasion below, with pictures taken by Public Relations staffers Leslie Kennon and Kaci Smart.