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Students Witness an Opportunity of a Lifetime

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Eclipse from WHS        telescope Photo by: Coach Cox

By: Destiny Lam

It’s not often you get to witness history happening-especially through strange looking glasses. But on Monday, August 21, 2017 students were given special glasses to protect them from the dangerous UV rays of the sun. Then they exited the school to watch the solar eclipse, a sight that hasn’t covered this much of the US since February of 1979.

Mrs.Meade spent the summer organizing this event because she wanted the school to be a part of this unique experience. At a relatively low cost of 50 cents per pair of glasses, almost everyone in the school was able to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Those that decided not to watch the eclipse outside or failed to turn in permission slips signed by their parents, watched a NASA live stream from totality (when the sun is completely covered by the moon) in Oregon.

Eclipse at Totality Photo by: Ms.Widener

Students may have been able to feel a drop in temperature as well as be able to see crescent shadows through the leaves of trees. Unfortunately, WHS was not close enough to totality to watch a complete eclipse.

However, one of our Earth Science teachers, Ms.Widener, traveled to Nebraska to watch the eclipse at totality. She said that it took about 45 seconds for crickets to start chirping. The wind stopped, and she could see the brightest stars and planets. Widener found the experience amazing and Meade hopes that students felt the same way on Monday.

“I hope that they’ll understand the rarity of this and how cool it is to get to see something this unusual,” said Meade.

In fact, if you did not get the chance to appreciate the solar eclipse this year, you’ll have to wait until April 8, 2024 for another opportunity.

 

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