Great American Eclipse

Elijah Patti, News Writer

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On August 21st, 2017 at 2:44 P.M., the Moon covered 93% of the sun. Thales students viewed this phenomenon through special, NASA-approved eclipse glasses from home after school let out early. It looked as late as dusk here in North Caroline as everyone was in awe of the eclipse experience.

The last coast-to-coast solar eclipse in North America was in 1918! That was almost 100 years ago and before World War I ended. In Rolesville, North Carolina, the sun was almost blocked out entirely around 2:45 p.m. The eclipse hit several major cities including Nashville and Charleston!

A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes straight in front of the Sun, casting a shadow on the Earth in a thin band. The viewers of this eclipse are actually really lucky, because the Earth is just the right distance from the sun, and the Moon is just the right size so that it lines up perfectly during totality and creates the Diamond Ring Effect. The Diamond Ring Effect is when the moon passes in front of the sun, and the last bits of the Sun’s glare shine out and look like a diamond with the rest of the Sun’s edge appearing as a thin ring. This natural event along with less school made this an unforgettable day!

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