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A student lays back on the turf and looks toward the sky as the total solar eclipse approaches.

Solar Eclipse Snapshots

Thousands gather at the UTSA Main Campus to witness a rare total solar eclipse

As the skies slowly darkened to resemble dusk, despite it only being the early afternoon, and the temperature gradually lowered, dozens of families, students, alumni, faculty and staff gathered at the UTSA Recreation Field Complex to witness a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event.

On April 8, the UTSA Main Campus was lucky enough to fall into the path of totality for the total solar eclipse. Although cloudy skies made it difficult to see the moon over the sun, it didn’t stop more than 2,000 Roadrunners from huddling together in lawn chairs and blankets as they donned their orange and blue eclipse glasses.

The entirety of the eclipse began at 12:14 p.m. before the campus experienced total darkness from about 1:33 to 1:35 p.m.

The last time San Antonio was in the path of totality was in 1397. Thousands of individuals traveled to parts of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country to see the total solar eclipse this time around.

The Roadrunners who gathered savored the moment. San Antonio won’t find itself in the path of totality again until 2343.

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