The Solar Eclipse

By Caroline Potts, sophomore writer & Allison Toomer, sophomore cartoonist

American scientists had anticipated the solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, since 1932. Through accurate studies of the movement of the solar system, scientists, who dreamed of observing the Sun’s corona, predicted the eclipse in The New York Times several decades ago.

Most teenagers, on the other hand, heard the term “solar eclipse” only a few short weeks before the occurrence of the event. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun, casting a shadow on Earth. The recent eclipse of August 21 was, therefore, underappreciated by many due to little understanding of the natural phenomena; however, this only ensures that the solar eclipse of 2024 will truly be an opportunity to admire the wonder in a new, appreciative light.

Rather than viewing the eclipse through a notecard from the Mount St. Mary Academy parking lot, Cecelia Rech dreams of viewing the eclipse of 2024 from the top of Pinnacle Mountain while enjoying a picnic lunch with friends. Hailey-Belle Thiltgen, on the other hand, hopes to view the eclipse of 2024 from the top of Mount Everest.

Like these students, you can experience the eclipse of 2024 as not just a brief topic of discussion in science class but as a lifelong memory.  Where do you want to be for the 2024 solar eclipse?

Allison Toomer, one of Mount’s very own, had a unique experience during the eclipse that’ll certainly be funny to explain in 2024. 



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