The Tiger Tribune News by the Students of Lee Vining High School

LVHS Witnesses Partial Solar Eclipse

By Sophia McKee

Oct 04, 2017

Above: Students experiment with projecting the image of the sun onto a surface using their hands.

On Monday, August 21st, all of North America experienced one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights: The Solar Eclipse. While an eclipse typically happens about twice a year, the eclipses usually take place over the ocean. This solar eclipse, though, was rare because it hit North America from coast to coast. While our small school wasn’t in the zone of totality, which is the area where the sun was fully covered by the moon, we still got the chance to go outside and watch the solar eclipse come and pass.

Around 10 o’clock, the whole school left third period classes and gathered on the soccer field. The day prior, students made cereal box eclipse projectors in Mrs. Liebersbach’s science classes. This allowed us to watch the solar eclipse happen without causing harm to our eyes. Looking through our projectors, we saw the outline of the sun and moon slowly overlapping. As the rarely-seen crescent shape of the sun and moon in a partial eclipse formed, we realized that this was, if not a once-in-a-lifetime experience, an incredible show of nature. Some of the teachers also brought protective glasses which let students see the bright orange solar eclipse in action. This experience gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about one of earth’s amazing beauties.

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