By Kiah Taylor, freshman
A solar eclipse is an experience we do not get to have very often. In fact, the last time it did happen was in 1979. This year was the first time we had one where it was visible all across the United States in nearly 99 years. A solar eclipse is such an experience that some people literally travel around the, following the solar eclipses’ that happen around the world.
Several solar eclipses happen around the world each year. They can, however, happen up to five times a year, but this is very rare. The solar eclipse happens because of the alignment of the sun, moon, and earth. The solar eclipse that took place this year was from coast to coast for the first time in almost one hundred years. It was visible from anywhere in the U.S. The next time anything like this will happen is April 2024. It will not be as visible to most of the U.S., but Indiana will be in the path of totality.
The rest of the U.S. was in a state of excitement. It was trending on almost every social media and almost every news channel was covering it. Some People even traveled to other states to view it. Like junior Thea Robertson. The students here at Edgewood High School had different opinions. Some students thought it was mind blowing whereas others were let down.
“[The eclipse was] something actually exciting and cool,” Freshman Corrine Smith said.
Many of the teachers seemed to make it seem as if we were going to be in the path of totality, with saying things such as, “It’s going to get completely dark“ and saying that we were going to be hearing crickets. “I was expecting it to get much darker,” Junior Noah Gardner said, “it wasn’t has mind-blowing as I was expecting. It was kind of boring.”
Despite a couple not-so-positive reactions from some students, others really enjoyed the eclipse. Junior Thea Robertson’s family even drove to Kentucky to be within the path of totality. Robertson found it “amazing” and thought it would have been “devastating” had the school not let students see the eclipse. Her experience was much different from ours. In the path of totality, she saw a bright white circle rather than the blood orange crescent we saw.