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‘Great American Eclipse’ disappoints students

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Science classes and students with signed permission slips watch the eclipse.

By Ariana Alcantar, Multi-Media Editor

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Coming into school on Aug. 21 students were expecting to see the total, bright solar eclipse that was visible in 14 states following a narrow path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina but it disappointed students.

During a solar eclipse, the moon blocks all direct sunlight turning day into darkness, however, Illinois only experienced cloudy weather.

“It was really cloudy, I couldn’t really see anything,” junior Andrea Bucio-Martinez said. “I was expecting to see a sun ray, at least.”

In the school, the science division purchased solar glasses for use in science classes 6-10 period.

Students with signed permission slips and approved solar glasses could go out through entrance H.

“This was going to be the first eclipse I would see but we went outside and we were there for 2 minutes and I didn’t see anything,” junior Maria Quinones said.

Regardless of the negativity, some students were able to see it and enjoyed the eclipse.

“I had never seen an eclipse. I thought it was pretty cool. I could see the moon blocking the sun,” junior Eduardo Espino said.

If you missed it, the next total solar eclipse will be seen April 8, 2024, in a diagonal path crossing from Texas to Maine, according to NASA, the eclipse will cross Carbondale,  Illinois once again.

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