Solar Eclipse 2017


Napa Valley Register

Students at RMS watch the Solar Eclipse of 2017 with special viewing glasses.

Monday, August 21, 2017, was a very scientifically awesome day, it was a total solar eclipse. The last total solar eclipse in the U.S. was on February 26, 1979. That is why this eclipse was so exciting, because we had not had a total solar eclipse in a very long time.

A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun to where you are only able to see a ring around the moon which is called the corona. The reason it is called a corona is that it looks similar to a crown when the moon covers the sun.

North Coast Journal
Total solar eclipse in Oregon.

Watching this eclipse could be very dangerous for your eyesight unless you look up at the eclipse with special glasses. Many people think that because the moon is covering the sun it would be okay to do that, but that is false. The glasses are specially made just for looking at the sun to where you can’t see anything else except for the sun.

The path of totality in the U.S. started in Oregon and went through Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennesse, and ended in South Carolina. Millions of scientist, tourists, and people from across the world traveled to all these places just to see this eclipse. Many hotel rooms were booked for months in advance because many people knew it was coming and wanted to see it in person. Including fellow Napa residents Jeff and Siena Streblow, who had planned and booked this trip months in advance to see this amazing once in a lifetime opportunity.