On Aug. 21 the United States prepared to view the first total eclipse to range across the continental U.S. in 99 years, the last one being on June 8, 1918. Greensboro, though not in the line of totality, still expected to see about 94 percent of the sun obscured. The peak of the eclipse was scheduled for 2:42 p.m. in the Triad.
There were several viewing parties planned, including one for students at UNCG. North and South Spencer resident halls sponsored the event located outside on College Avenue by the Petty building from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. According to Campus Weekly, the event stated it would provide snacks, activities that would provide opportunities to win prizes, and information about the eclipse, as well as information about course offerings in Astronomy and Physics.
Around the Triad, several more viewing celebrations took place, like at the Grasshopper’s Stadium in Downtown Greensboro. The Grasshoppers played a game that Monday against the Hickory Crawdads. The game was scheduled around the eclipse beginning at 1:13 p.m. and offered to hand out solar eclipse glasses to the first 2,500 fans.
According to the News & Record, another viewing event took place at Center City Park where representatives of the March for Science Greensboro handed out 2,000 solar eclipse glasses.
Other events around the Triad included:
- The Greensboro Science Center held a viewing event that also allowed participants to view the sky through a real solar telescope.
- The High Point Public Library held a viewing event from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and gave out 200 pairs of solar eclipse glasses.
- Kaleideum North in Winston-Salem organized an event with food trucks, professional telescopes and craft activities.
Solar eclipse glasses sold quickly in the Triad, according to Fox 8. Toys & Co. in Greensboro reportedly sold out of the hundreds of glasses they had in stock, influencing them to order more for their customers.
Unfortunately in Greensboro, heavy clouds and even rain in some areas of town covered the sky. The sky grew darker, however it was hard to tell whether it as a result of the eclipse or the rain clouds coming in.
According to the News & Record, people at Guilford College eagerly waited inside in hopes that the rain would clear out and they’d get a glimpse of the much-anticipated eclipse.
Luckily, eclipses happen fairly often. Earth Sky reports that the next total eclipse to be visible from North America will be on April 8, 2024.