Great American Solar Eclipse Event Attracts Nearly 10,000 People

Nearly 10,000 people made their way to Glassboro to view the Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21. The Edelman Planetarium and the College of Science & Mathematics sponsored the event with support from the Borough of Glassboro.

The event featured free eclipse glasses to the first 1000 visitors, as well as other ways for safe solar viewing. Attendees were treated to free water ice, a space-based video games truck, and several activities for children of all ages. Rowan Astronomy Club President, Cara Mawson, and other club members set up solar telescopes on Meditation Walk to watch the eclipse. The planetarium also ran free shows throughout the afternoon with over 700 people experiencing “Totality,” a fascinating look at the wonders of eclipses.

The planetarium and its director, Amy Barraclough saw unprecedented news coverage leading up to and during the event. Three local newscasts and the Courier Post promoted it in advance. CBS 3, South Jersey News, and the Courier Post were on hand to provide live coverage during the eclipse.

The entire Rowan community came out to support the event, with over 70 volunteers, public safety, and EMS providing their services. “I was overwhelmed by the support and excitement of everyone who came to watch the eclipse with us,” said Barraclough. “I can't wait until the 2024 eclipse.”

During the fall semester, the Planetarium will add laser shows and there will be an additional Open House each month with the potential of eight for the fall semester, including an event during Homecoming weekend. A schedule of planetarium events and Open House dates can be found at the website: