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The Great American Solar Eclipse

By Matthew Smith, Reporter

A solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs two to four times each year. A total eclipse is only ever seen every few decades in most places on Earth, but some places get them every few years. The last total solar eclipse that occurred in the United States was in the year 1918. A solar eclipse doesn’t happen too often in the United States so for some, this was their first time ever viewing a solar eclipse. I was able to view the solar eclipse in numerous ways. I was able to use my pinhole project, solar eclipse glasses, a welding mask, and through neat cut-out piece of wood that displayed the eclipse on the ground. Most kids who were given permission to leave class viewed the solar eclipse through at least one of these devices. Regardless of which one you used, it was an incredible sight to behold. I would also like to thank the people at Downtown Tinkertank, on behalf of the students at Modesto High, who were generous enough to give us a wonderful gift that allowed us to view the solar eclipse. Mr. Mitchell had traveled to Oregon to see the totality of the solar eclipse. “Seeing the totality of the solar eclipse was life affirming. It’s such a rare occurrence and I was with family friends and my sons,” said Mr.Mitchell. Students were also able to appreciate the solar eclipse from campus. “I appreciated the rarity of the solar eclipse and I thought it was enjoyable. I got to use a pinhole projector to view the solar eclipse which was pretty neat,” Kyle Kresse.


All pictures by Mr.Mitchell

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