Entire school observes solar eclipse
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On Monday, Aug. 21, students and faculty took part in a nationwide viewing of the solar eclipse that occurred across continental America.
Students received special viewing glasses before moving outside with their ninth period class to view the spectacle. In Hinsdale, totality was expected to be around 85 percent, occurring at 1:41 p.m.
“I thought the eclipse was pretty cool, especially because it hasn’t happened for 38 years and won’t happen again until 2099,” said Kylie Torsberg, junior. “It was kind of anticlimactic though because of all the clouds covering the sun and moon.”
This eclipse marked a rare occurrence as a total eclipse only occurs in a location every 375 years, according to NASA.
Freshman Piyush Mekla wanted to see the famous crescent that comes as a result of an eclipse but was unable to because the clouds blocked the eclipse for much of the viewing.
“It would have been really cool to see [the crescent with the eclipse] but because of the clouds, you couldn’t really tell it was there,” Mekla said.
Although Central wasn’t able to see the event very well, some students and teachers traveled to southern Illinois to observe the eclipse where the totality would reach almost 100 percent.
“I decided to skip school and go down to southern Illinois to view the eclipse because this is really a once in a lifetime experience,” said Nick Tienken, senior. “I’m not going to remember one day of school, but I will remember the eclipse.”
Although there were clouds, eye protection was still necessary. In order to prepare for the eclipse, the school bought 3,000 pairs of glasses and handed them out to each student so they didn’t damage their eyes by looking directly at the sun.
“It did get bright at some points and now we can keep the glasses in order to remember the event,” said Tess Klygis, sophomore.
Despite the clouds, most students felt that the whole experience was worth it.
“I think it was a good experience to see something like this together with the whole high school and it was definitely worth it to try and see it better with the special glasses,” said J.P. Hoffman, senior.