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Eyes on the Sky

Students Get a Glimpse at a Rare and Striking Phenomenon

O’Dowd students gathered on the Quad on Monday to observe the much-anticipated solar eclipse – the first total solar eclipse visible in the continental United States in 38 years.

School administrators adjusted the day’s schedule to allow for the schoolwide learning event and ensure all students had the opportunity to experience the most significant parts of the eclipse.

Though O’Dowd was south of the path of the total eclipse, and the weather was less than favorable, some students got a brief glimpse of the moon covering part of the sun’s disk using special “eclipse glasses” purchased by the school for the event.

“I was able to see the eclipse for a few seconds through the glasses and the crescent of the sun was red,” Alex Murphy ’18 said. “It was pretty cool.”

Meanwhile, Cameron Naas ’18 watched NASA’s live feed of the eclipse on his laptop, getting a perfect look at the total solar eclipse happening in Madras, Oregon.

Science teacher Jeff Beeby was excited about administrators offering students the opportunity to watch the eclipse. He likened the partial eclipse – estimated at about 75-80 percent – to going to a stadium and experiencing a sporting event by hearing cheers coming from inside. “A total eclipse is going inside the stadium,” he said.

“Total eclipses are relatively rare, and the next total eclipse in the continental United States will be April 8, 2024, but will miss the west coast,” he said.

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