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Mount Professor Travels to Vermont to Photograph Eclipse

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20

Diamond ring solar eclipse

Mike Miller captured the "diamond ring" druing the solar eclipse.

Scores of Mounties on April 10 had the chance to view the solar eclipse on Echo Field. Although Emmitsburg was far from the path of totality, students, staff and faculty enjoyed not only the awesome view but also food and competitive games of Kahoot with prizes courtesy of the student Astronomy Society. On Echo Field, picnics, the Mount community shared solar glasses provided by the Science Department and also enjoyed socializing and playing frisbee and football as they stood beneath the partially blocked sun,


baileysbeads006-in-text.jpgOne lucky community member, however, was able to witness the totality of the eclipse. Associate Professor of Philosophy Mike Miller, Ph.D., traveled to Burlington, Vermont, to view and photograph the solar event.

“I was going to travel to Ohio, but their weather forecast wasn’t ideal. And then it was upstate New York, but the same thing happened…finally, it was Vermont,” Miller explained. “My oldest two sons live in Burlington, so I was able to stay with them for a couple of nights and visit. It was an unbelievable experience.”

Miller viewed the eclipse from Burlington’s Old Mill Park, joined by his sons, Sean and Dan, and many others. People corona2-in-text.jpghad traveled from all over the Northeast to be in the path of totality, and many were there with groups of friends and extended families. Just like at the Mount, there was a community feel among the group. They chatted, shared stories, compared distances traveled and exchanged emails to send photos afterwards.

“Seeing the eclipse by yourself could be cool,” noted Miller, “but it was definitely better with Sean and Dan and even with strangers. We all shared this sensational experience, we all went ‘ahhhh’ when totality happened. It was hard not to be impressed by nature’s show.”

eclipse227.jpgMiller brought three cameras with him to capture as much of the eclipse as possible, including two with very strong magnifying capabilities. These enabled him to photograph details that couldn’t be seen with the naked eye, including the sun’s corona, and the diamond ring effect.

He exclaimed over the opportunity the trip presented given that the next solar eclipse with the U.S. in its path of totality is 20 years away.

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'20