You knew it was coming, right? Today is a traditional Middle School Monday post and we spent the day observing the sky, searching for crescents (the shadow reflections of the sun), watching videos to learn more, and enjoying the company of friends. What a wonderful day it was.
We turned on the NASA Live channel, which was really quite fascinating. Then, when it got about time for first contact here, we headed outside. We had fun watching it and as it approached peak, we noticed two things that we did not know would happen here (about 70-75% cover): the temperature dropped a good bit and it got noticeably dimmer. I don’t want to say it got cold because it probably stayed in the upper 80s or lower 90s but it definitely was not as hot as it had been earlier. I also don’t want to say it got darker because it was not dark, just much less intense. We no longer had to have sunglasses on to just look at one another. Right before and right after, we also had some wind but that wind was absent during the peak 15 minutes or so. Probably just a fluke but maybe not.
As we knew it was close to peak, we sent the kiddos running around seeing if they could find projections of the eclipse. They found a lot of them! It was really fun seeing them look and experiment with things and then holler “come take a picture of this!” And the leaves moving was so neat, we took a short video of it (you don’t need the sound on).
If you didn’t catch it tonight, NOVA produced a really interesting program titled Eclipse Across America. Hopefully they will show it again or you can catch it on their website or something. It was really interesting. We all learned a lot and it was a nice close to our day of solar eclipse information.