Blocking Out the Sun 

Staff Writer: Hannah Suh

On Aug. 8 2017, Georgia, along with over 12 other states around the world, experienced its first total solar eclipse since 1979. Many people around the United States got to watch for the first time. I know that it was the first for many, if not all, of the students in Woodstock High School. In order to give their students an amazing first experience, Woodstock High School decided to buy glasses for all of the students and rearrange the schedule to fit in time to witness the eclipse.

The Great American Eclipse was the time in which the sun, moon, and Earth aligned. Although it might seem weird that the moon, being smaller than the sun, was able to block out the light of the brightest star in our solar system, it was very possible due to the fact that it is closer to the Earth than the sun. While the moon was in the process of blocking the sun, the sky went from a light blue to a deep twilight, making the sky look very beautiful. Some people even saw how the shadow of the sun changed its shape to look similar to a crescent.

At first, students were told to buy their own glasses in order to be able to watch the eclipse, but later Mr. Smith, our amazing principal, decided to buy all of the students glasses, as long as they had a permission slip. Why the sudden change of heart? It was for the students’ safety! In order to let the students safely view the Great American Eclipse, glasses were bought and given to the students for free!

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Thank you, Mr. Smith, for buying us approved NASA viewing glasses, we were the only school in Cherokee County whose glasses were provided and were able to see this historic event!

Photo courtesy of: Daniela Salame

Since all of this was arranged for the students, I have gathered a few quotes from some students at Woodstock High School.

“Although we were not in the line of totality, we all still got to witness an amazing eclipse. The way the natural light just dimmed, even though it was only 2 p.m., was really breathtaking. I’m so thankful that we were able to all experience this together. Thank you, Mr. Smith!” -Itzel Franco, a sophomore.

“I can already tell that seeing the eclipse was one of the most memorable moments in my life. I heard that people from other countries even traveled to the US to see it. People vlogged about the experience on YouTube and shared with people the total eclipse in some states. I’m so thankful I got to experience the wonders of space with my friends on this special day.” – Laney Broussard, a sophomore.

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Peyton Cummings (11th grade) and Nikki Rogers (10th grade) waiting for the peak of the eclipse to happen– Woodstock got 98% coverage, a spectacular sight!

Photo courtesy of: Daniela Salame

The next eclipse is predicted to not be until 2024! That is not for another seven years from the last one. Hopefully the students in that year are able to experience the eclipse like we were able to. In order to prepare for this eclipse, I recommend buying your glasses now, or just ahead of time. If you wait until the last minute to buy glasses, they can price as high as thirty dollars per glasses! That honestly sounds insane, but it is just how the process of supply and demand. I wish all of you who are preparing to watch the next eclipse luck!

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