SLIDESHOW: The Solar Eclipse On Purdue's Memorial Mall

Aug 21, 2017

Thousands gathered on Purdue’s campus Monday to watch the solar eclipse. But, it wasn’t just the moon blocking the sun. 

The Purdue Astronomy Club passed out 10,000 pairs of solar eclipse glasses Monday – but they say Bloomington will have it much harder in seven years.

Astronomy club member Hongda Zeng says it’s a relatively short time span to expect another eclipse, and parts of Indiana will be right in the path of totality.

“It’s going to be even better than this one,” Zeng says. “The totality is going to be even better than this one, so in seven years – go to IU, I guess.”

Zeng says for towns in the line of sight of a total eclipse, they could need hundreds of thousands of glasses for tourists.

In West Lafayette, spectators saw about 90-percent of the sun covered.