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Eclipsing in Lansing


Community Photography for the September 13, 2017, print issue of The Lansing Journal

The assignment

Send us your “Eclipsing in Lansing” photos or selfies to document your experience with the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse.

The response

LANSING, Ill. (August 21, 2017) – Not everyone traveled to Carbondale, Illinois, to view the August 21 solar eclipse. Lansing residents didn’t let overcast skies and distance from the path of totality discourage them from participating in the historic, astronomical event. For a couple of hours that Monday afternoon, we turned our eyes toward the skies —

Eclipsing in Lansing
Judy Alderden snapped an eclipse selfie. (Photo: Judy Alderden)
Matthew Splant took a shadow selfie. (Photo: Matthew Splant)
Eclipsing in Lansing
Carleen Suzanne Luszyk writes, “My brother Denis Luszyk, niece Angelena Luszyk, and myself Carleen Luszyk, watching the eclipse at 171st and Lorenz Ave.” (Photo provided)
Eclipsing in Lansing
Staff and faculty from Illiana Christian High School took a break from meetings to don protective eyewear and do some eclipse viewing. Top photo: Vice Principal A. J. Turkstra and teacher John Van Deel. Bottom photo, front row, from left: Jeff White, Deb Topp, and Jeff DeVries. Second row: Jim Kuiper and Jim Kamphuis. (Photo provided)
Was this actually the eclipse? Or just a cloud passing over the sun? Like most of Lansing, Matthew Splant wasn’t sure, so he snapped a photo just in case. (Photo: Matthew Splant)
Eclipsing in Lansing
Doris Magnabosco joined a group of neighbors at the Villas of Lansing. They shared protective glasses and took turns trying to see the eclipse. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Lansing residents Ryan Avenatti and Isabel Duran did travel to Champaign, Illinois, to view the eclipse. (Photo provided)


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.