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PHOTOS: Live updates from solar eclipse day in Bloomington

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Katie Broderick, Mia Ristic, Brendan Burns and their friends wait in line for Breakfast Club on April 8, 2024, at Kilroy’s on East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. City officials predicted around 200,000 to 300,000 will be visiting Bloomington for the solar eclipse. "And we're going to be in the line of totality!" Ristic said. "It's gonna be dark at, like, 4 p.m."

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IU seniors Zoe Gallagher, Maddie Tyler and Ruth Connelly wait in line for Breakfast Club on April 8, 2024, at Kilroy’s on East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. IU announced there will be no classes on April 8, 2024, for the solar eclipse. "I feel like everyone thought the line was going to be longer," Gallagher said. "Even in general, they were like 'there's gonna be no parking.' Even my mom was freaking out."

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People wait in line for Breakfast Club on April 8, 2024, at Kilroy’s on Kirkwood on East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. The bar opened at 9 a.m. to celebrate the solar eclipse.

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People wait in line for Breakfast Club on April 8, 2024, at Upstairs Pub on East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. The bar handed out free shirts and breakfast for people who lined up early.

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Patrons sit on the porch of the Upstairs Pub on April 8, 2024, on East Kirkwood Avenue in Bloomington. The Upstairs Pub hosted Breakfast Club to celebrate the eclipse, handing out free shirts and breakfast.

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A vendor sells eclipse-themed shirts April 8, 2024, on the corner of Kirkwood and Indiana Avenue in Bloomington. Due to the high level of guests projected for Bloomington, many local businesses had eclipse merchandise for people to purchase.



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A girl lounges in a hammock at Dunn Meadow on April 8, 2024. City officials expected Bloomington to receive 300,000 visitors for the total solar eclipse.

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A girl looks into a Unistellar telescope at Dunn Meadow on April 8, 2024. During the solar eclipse, viewers are advised to not look directly into the sun without a special solar filter. 

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A group takes a selfie in front of its booth at Dunn Meadow on April 8, 2024. IU planned to host several events related to the total solar eclipse April 8, 2024. 

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John Foreing, Michelle Carr, Matthew Carr, Jennifer Parks and Michael Parks (left to right) sit at Dunn Meadow. The group flew into Bloomington from Fort Wayne for the eclipse. 

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Two people play giant Jenga on Dunn Meadow. There are various activities and booths set up for Bloomington eclipse visitors.

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Members of the Marching 100 play as attendees find seats for the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration on April 8 at Memorial Stadium. The band played between performances.

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Attendees stand in line for the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration on April 8. The event was ticketed with spots on the floor, in the pit and in the stands.

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IU students Anna Kim and Breanne Gatlin crochet before performances begin April 8 at Memorial Stadium. Students and visitors laid blankets on the field to watch the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration.

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Robbin and Doug Barnhurst pose for a photo April 8 at Memorial Stadium. The couple traveled from Hampton, Virginia, to see the total solar eclipse.

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A family poses for a photo next to an IU trident April 8 at Memorial Stadium. The family wore matching shirts to celebrate the eclipse.

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An attendee grabs eclipse glasses April 8 at Memorial Stadium. Glasses were made available to all Hoosier Cosmic Celebration attendees.

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Performers Jayla Austin-Duarte and Madeline Cordray pose backstage before performing a medley of eclipse-themed songs April 8. The performance was part of the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium.

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Former IU football player Rhett Lewis welcomes the crowd to the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration on April 8 at Memorial Stadium. Lewis acknowledged first-time eclipse viewers and eclipse chasers in opening remarks.

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Performers dance onstage April 8 at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium. The group performed a medley of eclipse-themed songs.

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Memorial Stadium sits empty April 8 before the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration. Officials estimated 10,000 people would be in attendance.

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Concessions staff prepare for gates to open April 8 before the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium. The event featured headliners: Janelle Monae, Mae Jemison and William Shatner.

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IU eclipse glasses are pictured April 8 at the entrance of Memorial Stadium. Glasses were provided to all in attendance.

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A performer dances on stage April 8 at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium. The group performed a medley of eclipse-themed songs.

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A performer dances on stage April 8 at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium. The group performed a medley of eclipse-themed songs.

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A man looks up at the sky through a telescope at Dunn Meadow. Bloomington was named one of the top places to view the eclipse.  

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A man creates a giant bubble at Dunn Meadow. Many locals and visitors gathered at Dunn Meadow to view totality.

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People look up at the sky through solar eclipse viewers. The special solar filters were passed out to filter out harmful levels of sunlight, ultraviolet radiation and infrared radiation that can harm people's eyes.  

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A crowd is seen on the field April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Bloomington residents and people from across the country gathered to watch the total solar eclipse at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration.

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Formeer NASA astronaut Mae Jemison smiles before her speech April 8 at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration at Memorial Stadium. Jemison was the first Black woman to go to space.

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Attendees look at the sun through eclipse glasses April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Bloomington witnessed more than four minutes of totality.

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Actor and science fiction writer William Shatner stands at the podium during his spoken word performance at the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Shatner performed with background music played by musicians from the Jacobs School of Music and the NOTUS ensemble.

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IU President Pamela Whitten is pictured at the podium during the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium. Whitten introduced actor William Shatner at the event.

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The sun is pictured as it's nearly covered by the moon during the solar eclipse April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. IU hosted the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration to celebrate the eclipse.

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Multiple people hammock in anticipation of the solar eclipse April 8 in Dunn Meadow. The crowd erupted into applause as totality occurred.

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A group plays Spikeball while awaiting the solar eclipse April 8 in Dunn Meadow. Many visitors traveled to Bloomington for the event.

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A family looks at the sun through eclipse glasses April 8, 2024, at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington. Bloomington witnessed more than four minutes of totality.

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Janelle Monae poses with a champagne flute while performing "Champagne Shit" April 8 at Memorial Stadium. Monae performed as part of the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration.

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Janelle Monae steps on stage during the Hoosier Cosmic Celebration April 8 at Memorial Stadium. Monae performed after Bloomington experienced the total solar eclipse.

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