Thousands flocked to the University of Nebraska – Kansas campus to view the total eclipse of the sun.
UNK held a watch party at Cope Stadium, which attracted a crowd of about 7,000.
UNK alumna Cacia Barnes returned to campus to view the eclipse.
“It was super cool. I think I was expecting it to be even darker, but it was cool to see some of the light and the dark,” Barnes told Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHAS. “I was feeling super, not anxious, but excited that I got to see something that you won’t get to see for a while. I can’t really explain it. I’m kind of speechless.”
Her husband, Brett Barnes, also a UNK alum, had much darker expectations.
“I was expecting the world to end,” Barnes joked.
The total eclipse of the sun came at just the right time for the University of Nebraska – Kearney, on the first day of classes.
UNK spokesman Todd Gottula says it was even more amazing than university officials had hoped.
“This will be a first day of classes for the ages that I don’t think anybody will soon forget,” Gottula stated.
Kaleb Henry and the staff at KHAS provided the material for this story.