Monday, August 21, 2017

Our Solar Eclipse Experience!!

Being in the Path of Totality, made our second day of school an absolute, life experience!
Here we were at 10:10am...sun shining bright as the students got to be one of the very first in our country to view this Solar Eclipse. Right now the Eclipse was beginning: 

We returned inside to "log" what we saw in our journals, only to return fifty minutes later as 
it started to "get weird" outside, hazy, darker, and cooler. We were now seeing the partial eclipse:
 

When finally at 11:26 this morning, our little spot in the world turned to night right in the middle of the day! A small slice of time when even a few stars could be seen shining bright above us!
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As one little guy said: "I got goosbumps on my arms".
It was THAT kind of  day!!!

To say the least, we ended the day making "Eclipse" cookies and all went home with 
completed Eclipse journals commemorating this experience of totality.

And hello to my Eclipse/blogging buddy Carole who I know got to experience the very same thing near the end of the day, as she's in South Carolina! What a small world.
WOW! Please do share if you too, were able to experience any part of this Eclipse!


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20 comments:

  1. What an awesome experience for the children! Fantastic events like this are so much better with kids around, when you can see it through their brand new eyes. We got 87% totality where I live and it was pretty cool!

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  2. So cool! Today was our first day of school and it was decided that there was too much liability to take kids out even with the special glasses that some teachers had arranged. Many parents came and took their kids out and I snuck out a few times to look. We did not experience totality, but it did get really funky for awhile.

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    1. We were well prepared but still only 13 of my 25 students showed up for school. The total eclipse was so awesome!

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  3. What a great experience especially for the first part of the school year. I think those cookies were pretty cool! I was sewing with 3 friends. One of them brought her husband's welding helmet so we could look at it. We didn't have much in Michigan, but the partial was pretty neat.

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  4. Oh how exciting for you and your class AND you didn't even have to travel great distances to witness this phenomenon. This is very cool.

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  5. It's just amazing and all your kids will have great memories of an exciting day

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  6. what an awesome experience for your kids. they'll remember it the rest of their lives. love the cookies.

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  7. It was a great day for us too, I was exhausted from 10 hours in the SC heat, and glad to return to our North Carolina mountain home. I have to get my pictures off the camera, and I'll show what we got tomorrow.

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  8. Great day for the kids....and us! A magical experience. Total darkness and the abrupt end to shadows was amazing.

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  9. Just amazing, wasn't it? It's wonderful that you had them log their day. It will be something they can always look back on.

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  10. Wow you sure had fun with it! :) Here in southwestern Pa we were supposed to have a partial around 2:35 and I was outside with my camera and nothing really happened :) My oldest son, however, lives in Missouri now, and he traveled about 2 1/2 hours south, calling me on the way, to get to a totality area.

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  11. Here in the D.C. area we had only partial totality, and we had to be outside watching close to see the change in the sunlight. I poked a hole in a cardboard flap and positioned it over a piece of white cardboard on my backyard table. Then I could see on the white cardboard the "bite" the moon was taking out of the sun, faintly. My daughter-in-law took her colander out in her backyard and you could see all the tiny crescent shadows underneath it on the cement patio. It was really cool looking! Two of my sons and their families were in Idaho, and it got quite dark and chilly during their complete totality party.

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  12. How fun to take your students outside to experience the totality! We got to see it, too, here in Charleston. It was very cloudy, so we saw glimpses of the transit: first a little nibble out of the sun, then 20 minutes later a bigger bite, then over half, etc. Finally, right before totality, the clouds parted!! We saw about a minute of it through some slight haze that made the corona have a rainbow around it. It was soooo awesome that I teared up a bit :)

    I know that folks only a few miles away had rain and missed the whole thing, so we consider ourselves incredibly lucky!

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  13. We had 100% totality in Stanley and the experience was beyond words! So glad your students got to witness it, and those cookies are perfect!

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  14. very awesome day for your kids-and you too we were at 98% at around 1:15pm it did not get totally dark here very fun with the cookies and journal too for the kids

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  15. What a wonderful experience for you and your students! They will remember this for the rest of their lives. We had about 80% eclipse--so dim, but strangely sharp light. And the crickets! They all started chirping at the peak of the eclipse.

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  16. You were so lucky to have gotten the Total Eclipse. We got a Partial, and a few good photos. The Eclipse cookies are darling! What a fun way to help celebrate.

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  17. I can imagine the eclipse set you out, so you forgot your yellow Tuesday. Hope to see you here soon.

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  18. What a fun experience for the kids. We were in Kansas, but we picked one of the places where it rained, so we missed seeing the eclipse, but we got to see the dark. Very cool.

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  19. Terrific video Val! For some reason I always thought you were in the east… I am and here we had about 80% I think. It did get cool and kind of 'weird'--good description--almost like when it rains and yet the sun is kind of peeking through the clouds you know? Love your eclipse cookies!

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I have to admit, your comments make me smile! Thanks for sharing and for letting me know you stopped by. I Hope your day is awesome!

Val:)

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