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Solar Eclipse at Prep

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On April 8, 2024, Prep students, faculty, and dorm kids were treated to a stunning celestial event as a total solar eclipse traversed North America, spanning across Mexico, the United States, and Canada. During a total solar eclipse, the moon positions itself directly between the Sun and Earth, completely obscuring the sun’s face. This alignment causes the sky to darken, resembling the onset of dawn or dusk. Not until 2044 will another total solar be visible from the continental United States.

Though Prep only experienced 87% coverage of the sun, it felt as though the entire student body was gathered outside the George Library to witness it. Students with solar eclipse viewing glasses could be seen with their heads tilted upward, staring at the sun as the moon inched its way across our solar system’s primary light source. The science department’s dedication was evident in their careful preparation as they set up devices that allowed students to see how much of the sun was covered by simply looking at a piece of paper. This ensured a safe and enjoyable viewing experience for those without solar eclipse glasses.

The highlight of the day, however, occurred when the moon passed between the Earth and the sun, casting its shadow across the sky, filling Prep community with excitement. By this point, the sky had darkened considerably for 3:20 in the afternoon, resembling the dark skies that occur during a storm.

Though Prep did not experience totality, the eclipse still presented a remarkable sight for those in attendance. Not only was it education, but it also provided a bonding experience for the school community. Students and teachers alike took a break from the rigors of Prep to relax, talk with friends, and marvel at the wonders of our solar system. It will be a day few forget.

 

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