Radford University students, faculty travel to Nashville to study total solar eclipse

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NASHVILLE, TN. (WDBJ7) Radford University students traveled to Nashville, TN to witness the solar eclipse in its totality.

The students left Sunday morning for the more than six-hour drive to the city within the path of totality.

The team of 10 students plus a couple of faculty members arrived at Montgomery Bell Academy, a private school in Nashville early Monday morning to set their equipment up.

The show began around noon CST, with the partial eclipse starting.
The students collected data throughout all phases of the eclipse.

The total eclipse happened at 1:27 CST. Once the moon completely covered the sun, a collective gasp could be heard from the crowd along with screams of delight.

Many of the students told WDBJ7, the eclipse was one of the best things they've witnessed in their lifetime.

While some student's responsibility was to collect research data, others participated in public outreach, helping others at the Nashville-area high school view the eclipse safely.

Solar Physicist Mike Freed and his team's work is part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment. The experiment will capture images of the solar corona using telescopes in 60 different locations across the country.

The images they captured will eventually be stitched together with other images from across the United States, resulting in a 90-minute-long film of the event.

Many of the students say they plan to see the next eclipse in seven years within a path of totality.