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The moon was starting to cover the sun in this picture that was taken through the telescope.

Solar Eclipse of the Sun 

August 21, 2017 - Washington Terrace -  On August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an eclipse of the sun. This celestial event is a solar eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun. The last time the contiguous U.S. saw a total eclipse was in 1979.

It was really neat that the staff here at Bell was able to share this event.  Credit has to be given to Science Teacher, Mr. Ben Sherman, who had glasses and a telescope set up for the staff to view the event.  The next solar eclipse over the United States will be in 2024.  Solar eclipses will occur again in 2045, 2052, 2078.  There are still more to come but I don't think I will have the stamina to view them by that time!  Below are selected pictures from that day that you may mouse over for a larger view.

 Most of the Moon had covered the sun at this point.  This is a photoshopped representation of teachers looking at the eclipse.
Mrs. Wadsworth-Smith takes a selfie during the peak of the event for our area.  With the telescope in the foreground, the staff stare into the heavens with their eclipse viewing glasses. 
Mr. Womack looks to the heavens with his viewing glasses as the eclipse progresses.  Even part of the custodial team even came out to view the event. 
It was a party atmosphere for about an hour, and then the staff went back to work preparing for the opening of the school year.  Light was shined through a colander as a way to view the progress of the eclipse.




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