Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21st Solar Eclipse

People all over the country have been looking forward to the solar eclipse taking place on Monday, August 21st. 

A solar eclipse happens when the sun and the moon are positioned in such a way that the sun's rays are blocked by the moon. 

In some parts of the US, the moon will entirely block out the light of the sun for a short time and there will be darkness. However, in Southern California, we expected only about 60% coverage of the sun. 

There was no way the South Bay students were going to miss it! Since it is extremely dangerous to look directly at the sun (and we didn't prepare by getting glasses!) Teacher Corey and Sylvia made pin-hole viewers with cereal and cardboard boxes. 

The sun's light goes through a tiny pin hole and creates a projection of the sun's shape onto a white paper. 

When looking through the pin-hole viewer at different times, you can easily see the progression of the eclipse. 

At the start of the eclipse, you could see the sun's shape with a tiny portion clearly being blocked by the sun. 

At 10:21 am, the sun was just at tiny little crescent. Some students said it looked like a tiny banana. 

Later, we met some people who let us borrow their eclipse viewing glasses. You could see the eclipse so clearly! 

It was an amazing chance for our students to experience this incredible natural phenomenon! ​​​

 By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at Language Systems International

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