Staring at the Sun

As students eat lunch Monday, Aug. 21, the sky goes dim

Dayana Pena

For the first time 99 years, Eaton High School students experienced their first total solar eclipse during their lunch hour. Elizabeth Gonzalez (19) said, “it was cool that Mrs. Pierson and Tapia had brought viewing glasses so that we could watch the eclipse. I forgot to bring my glasses and was upset that I would have not been able to watch the eclipse.” Principal Tapia as well as other teachers from the school brought solar viewing kits for students and themselves to watch and experience the eclipse safely. The last solar eclipse that traveled across the United States was on June 8, 1918. From the Pacific to the Atlantic ocean the entire country was in awe for the once in a lifetime phenomenon. Earth science teacher Erin Pierson explained that in order to have a solar eclipse, “you have the alignment of three bodies, the sun, moon and Earth, and the moon covering the sun casts its shadow on the Earth.” Eaton will not see another solar eclipse until 2045.