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Photos: How the Tampa Bay area, and Florida, celebrated the 2024 solar eclipse

People gathering at USF to watch the solar eclipse
Ari Herrera
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WUSF
Along with the University of South Florida Astronomy Club, around 200 people gathered outside the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa campus to view the solar eclipse on April 8, 2024.

Around 200 people gathered outside the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa campus to view the eclipse.

About 30 million people gathered across the country on April 8 to observe the total solar eclipse, which blocked out the sun in parts of 15 U.S. states.

Although the greater Tampa Bay region was not in the prime zone for total sun coverage, 65% of the sun was covered over parts of the Gulf Coast.

Several watch parties were held across the area to commemorate the event.

On the University of South Florida Tampa campus, around 200 people gathered outside the Marshall Student Center as the USF Astronomy Club set up telescopes at three viewing stations, where people waited to take pictures of the partial eclipse.

The club brought a telescope that gave onlookers a close-up view of the eclipse as well.

It also let photographers borrow a telescope adapter for Canon cameras, which allowed them to use their telescope as a lens to take ultra-zoomed images of the eclipse.

USF student Caroline Margolis, who viewed the eclipse on campus, said her father — "always been a big science guy" — flew to Texas to view it in its totality.

"It was unbelievable," Margolis said. "I hope to see a total eclipse someday."

The view across Florida on social media

Ari Herrera is the WUSF Stephen Noble Digital News intern for spring of 2024.