It’s not that it was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

But let’s just say it doesn’t happen very often.

While some parts of the country may have enjoyed a total solar eclipse (and perhaps more cooperative weather), Riponites came out in droves Monday to Ripon College’s Pickard Commons to witness the rare bit of stellar theatrics for an 81.84-percent eclipse.

Professors, students, teachers, community members and families borrowed cardboard eclipse viewers and crowded around projectors to catch glimpses of the moon passing in front of the sun.

New physics faculty member Christina Othon was marking down temperature and light level data from the event, with help from her son, Seth Barwick.

Othon also pulled up a live video from NASA during Ripon’s peak period of the eclipse, around 1:15 p.m.

Although Ripon was not in the “path of totality” — the areas that experience a total eclipse of the sun — the city only need wait until 2099 for the full experience.

See more photos of the fun in the Aug. 24, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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