A sunshine-filled day, the first Monday of the school year, ended with a rare sight for the Saint Ignatius community: a solar eclipse.
At around 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 21, the moon blocked approximately 85 percent of the sun as roughly 1,500 students, faculty and staff watch through protective safety glasses, provided by the school.
Classes were dismissed early in order for everyone to enjoy the eclipse, which was the first in a lifetime for many students. From the Mall to the back quad to Wasmer Field, the crowds gazed up to the sky to observe the rare astronomical event.
Although it was not a total eclipse, the Saint Ignatius community only has to wait seven years to see a complete blockage of the sun by the moon, on April 8, 2024.
Click here to see our Facebook photo album from the event.