Catching the Partial Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, at 1:00 in the afternoon, the students of Wisconsin Academy joined millions of others across the nation to view the solar eclipse. The most recent complete solar eclipse visible from the United States was in 1979, and although the sun was only 85% covered in this part of Wisconsin, it was a rare enough event to get all classes meeting at that hour canceled.

All eyes were glued on the sky. The science department provided viewing glasses, and through brief gaps in the clouds we were able to see the sun change from a shining disk to a crescent, and back to a disk. If you missed this eclipse, you’ve got a while to wait. The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be in 2024!

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