Solar viewing at Abp. Hannan eclipsed our expectations

Olivia MAURER
GUEST COLUMN

Archbishop Hannan High students and faculty put their school day on pause to witness the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

This solar eclipse was monumental for many reasons. The eclipse would be the first one since 1776, coincidentally the founding year of the nation, that could be seen in totality only within the United States.

The school gathered in the gym for a presentation on the history and science behind the eclipse and how to view it safely.

“The overall response was pretty positive, and I think it was a good experience,” said science teacher Anthony Trombatore. “The last solar eclipse that I got to see was in ’91, when I was in first grade.”

Students gathered in the school’s quad to view the eclipse using certified glasses, a science department telescope with a solar lens and even an old-fashioned box viewer.

Students and faculty alike anxiously awaited the peak moment of the partial eclipse for the area.

The United States will not see another total solar eclipse until 2024 and then again in 2044 and 2045. However, the students of Archbishop Hannan High School refuse to let that stop their curiosity.

The science club has begun to expand into the study of astronomy to meet the rise in interest among the student body and is already planning a viewing of the lunar eclipse occurring the morning of Jan. 31, 2018, with a 99-percent totality rate.

“I thought it was awesome that the teachers and administration made it possible for us to view the eclipse and took the time out of class,” said Science National Honor Society member Kathlyn Dannewald.

Olivia Maurer is a senior at Archbishop Hannan in Covington.

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