Sunday, Sept. 27th, students looked towards the stars as the rare sighting of the Lunar Eclipse appeared. Students at BYU-Idaho shared their experiences from that night.
“I was just studying in my room and roommate came running down and pounded on my door and said ‘you need to see this,” said Brianne Olsen, a freshman studying psychology.
Many students were out with friends when they saw the lunar eclipse, “I went and spent some time with some friends out in a field and we went stargazing and looked at the stars and the moon,” said Austin Garrett, a sophomore studying exercise physiology.
Kyla Bush, a freshman studying speech therapy, was out with her boyfriend when they briefly saw the lunar eclipse.
“Me and my boyfriend went out and we looked at it with my dog for about three minutes. We were like ‘that’s cool’ and we got cold and went back inside,” said Bush.
Bryce Latimer, a sophomore studying chemistry, was at rehearsals when the eclipse appeared over Rexburg.
“So we were at a practice for a stake play that is going on and we heard that the lunar eclipse was happening so they sent us all out to go look at it. So we went out and looked at it, then we went back inside and back to rehearsal,” said Latimer.
For Hannah Lyons and her roommate, the eclipse was seen simply in passing, “Me and my roommate were on our way back from Utah and we saw it out of our car window and said ‘whoah.’ It was really cool,” said Lyons, a sophomore studying nursing.
The excitement surrounding the eclipse proved to be contagious, especially Stratton Wolf, who “jumped on the bandwagon,” when he saw the lunar eclipse.
“On the night of the Lunar Eclipse, I was coming out of a church meeting and everyone was going crazy about it so I stopped and looked. I took a picture of it and jumped on the bandwagon,” said Stratton, a freshman studying occupational health and safety.
Still others drove out of the city to enjoy the eclipse, “Me and some friends wanted to get away from the lights in the city so we took some blankets and we drove out past the temple to some field and watched it,” said Lexi Pearson, a sophomore studying human biology.
The next lunar eclipse will not happen until 2033.