MINOT, N.D. - A once a lifetime experience had communities throughout the nation looking up. Minot State University's Cyril Moore Science center was buzzing with electricity has everyone took in the stellar views. We stopped by the party for your look at the big event.
Like for many, for Chris Heth, the solar eclipse is one of those special moments in life you don't want to miss.
"Very exciting! We got a good crowd here for an event that happens once or twice in a lifetime," says Chris Heth, Minot State University Chemistry Assistant Professor.
He was around for another stellar event, making this one even more special.
"I was a year and half old so I really don't remember it all. So to be able to experience even the partial is very very exciting," said Heth.
This experience is one many will remember forever.
"It was my first time seeing the eclipse and it's really cool! At first I thought that when I looked at the sun I thought it was the moon but it actually was the sun," said Valorosa Bloom, six year old MSU solar eclipse viewing party attendee.
But for the sake of science, it's so much more than a memory.
"An eclipse allows you to eliminate most of the radiation from the sun. That is you're not blinded by the sun. You can see interesting things around the sun and around the rim of the sun," said Dr. Draza Markovic, MSU physics astronomy professor.
Minot state combined it's science open house with a solar eclipse party.
"The science club did a great job and provided us all with some viewing glasses, doing a great job for us there, and it's nice to just be able to come to somewhere near you and see it, not have to go travel all the way to Nebraska or somewhere else to view it," said Layn Sarten, MSU senior.
"The last one in this area, I think, was 1979, and people remember viewing it and what they were doing at that time. So this is something that's gonna stick with you," said Bob Crackel, MSU Science Department chair.
Though the solar eclipse may be something only some of us will see again in the future one thing's for sure, all generations have this special moment at MSU to remember.
MSU's physics astronomy professor says the next solar eclipse that Minot residents will be able to see is in 2024, in seven years.