Grant Patterson | Staff Writer
Today, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from CGHS start at 12:57 p.m. and lasting for nearly three hours. A total eclipse, though, is within driving distance. With such a once-in-a-lifetime event this close to home, some students are leaving class to secure a front row seat.
“I’m going down to Hopkinsville, Kentucky with the with Link Observatory Space Science Institute,” freshman Blake Sesler said. “This is an opportunity to view the cosmic opportunity of seeing an eclipse. And you can’t miss out on it.”
Sesler isn’t the only student who doesn’t want to miss the event. Sophomore Eva Schneider is heading to the southern part of Illinois to view the eclipse.
“My parents decided that the whole family was going to go see it, but I have always had an interest.”
Another sophomore, Imogen Horne, is also going to the southern tip of Illinois.
“I’ve always been a bit of an astronomy nerd, and my whole family is into that kind of stuff,” Horne said. “My entire family decided that we should go down and do that since it is a once-in-a-lifetime thing to see a solar eclipse.”
Though the solar eclipse is rare, it’s important that anyone viewing the eclipse outside–partial or total–takes precautions.
“We’re getting solar eclipse glasses, and I enjoy photography so I am getting some stuff so that I can take photos of the eclipse,” Schneider said.
Whether students are driving to the line of totality or trying to catch glimpses from windows, taking precautions is important. The safest view will be streamed online, which some teachers, like science teacher Mike Bishop, will be showing.