Hundreds Gather on Campus to Watch Solar Eclipse

Viewing the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse through a telescope on the Albion College Quadrangle.
A crowd of hundreds convened on the Quad and on the roof of Palenske Hall to witness the first solar eclipse to cross the entire continental United States since 1918. In Albion, skygazers saw the moon cover nearly 90 percent of the sun for a couple of minutes during the nearly three-hour astronomical event.

College Viewing Hopes to Shed Light on Solar Eclipse

Antoniu Fodor, Albion College Class of 2018
The first total solar eclipse to make its way across the length of the United States in 99 years is set for, coincidentally, the first day of the 2017 fall semester at Albion (August 21), and the College—with help from Antoniu Fodor, '18 (left), and other students in the astronomy club, as well as the backing of physics professor and planetary scientist Nicolle Zellner—will chronicle it all.

Physics' Zellner Is Always Looking

Nicolle Zellner works in her lab.
Nicolle Zellner still remembers those perfect Wisconsin nights when, as a kid, she'd look up to the sky and into the endless darkness full of possibility and uncertainty, and wonder what else was up there.

For Josh Cassada, '95, Homecoming Proves Truly Special

Josh Cassada, '95, became part of NASA's astronaut corps in 2015.
"I'm incredibly fortunate," says Albion College physics alumnus Josh Cassada, who returned to Albion for his 20th reunion at 2015 Homecoming and talked about his journey to becoming one of NASA's newest astronauts—both on campus as well as at Albion Community School. "I love doing this. I like explaining and doing something new and novel. I think this is an exciting time to be in NASA."

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