On April 8, 2024, SEMO experienced a total solar eclipse. Totality started at 1:58:15 p.m. and day became night for roughly 4 minutes, 6 seconds.

In addition to the eclipse, SEMO had an afternoon of activities on campus for students and the University community from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. to allow students to experience the celestial phenomenon and the activities planned. 

SEclipse Block Party on Normal Avenue

SEMO hosted a block party on Normal Avenue that included eclipse-themed games, inflatables, a student organization fair, a kickoff to SEMO’s Greek Week, and food trucks.

STEAM Festival

The Holland College of Arts and Media and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math collaborate to create a STEAM event celebrating the Eclipse. This marks multiple collaborations over the years of these two colleges presenting educational and fun learning experiences for our students, staff, faculty, and community members.

University Teach-In

SEMO had various guest speakers, including two from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

  • Matt McSavaney is a lead with the Architecture Baseline Definition team with the Artemis Moon to Mars Program Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He has degrees in physics and astrophysics. McSavaney has been working on the Artemis project for more than 20 months and managing Enterprise-level Systems Engineering & Integration for the NASA Artemis Missions, performing large-scale integration across NASA's flagship human spaceflight programs within the Artemis Campaign Development Directorate necessary to architect, design, and execute the Artemis missions. Before his work on Artemis Matt worked in a variety of roles as a NASA engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • Blake Parker is a payload operations and integration specialist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Parker has a degree in Aerospace engineering and more than a decade of experience in developing procedures for International Space Station experiments to be performed by astronaut crew members, supporting real-time console operations during experiments as a subject matter expert, and specializing in procedures for experiments performed in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and Life Science Glovebox (LSG).

NASA's map of the 2024 total solar eclipse path across the United States


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