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JCHS Students and staff gather at Adkins Stadium to view the eclipse

JCHS Students and staff gather at Adkins Stadium to view the eclipse

Photo by: Madison Behrens

Photo by: Madison Behrens

JCHS Students and staff gather at Adkins Stadium to view the eclipse

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     For the first time since February 26, 1979, millions of people across the United States viewed the total solar eclipse. On Monday, August 21, 2017,North America and part of South America has experienced a total solar eclipse. In total, the eclipse passed through 14 states. It has been around 148 years since a total eclipse has been visible from Missouri.

     There are four different types of solar eclipses. For instance, there is the annual eclipse, hybrid eclipse, the total eclipse and the partial eclipse. Missouri experienced a total solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon is between the earth and the sun and creates a shadow on the earth. There was lots of excitement and recreations around Jefferson City following up to the day of the eclipse.  There were an estimated 50,000 people came to Jefferson City to enjoy this experience.   

     Students and staff at Jefferson City High School gathered around the Adkins Stadium with much anticipation. Almost 2,000 people sharing a once in a lifetime experience. David Ganey and Rick Hirst, the two astronomy teachers at JCHS, started the event off by giving some facts and information about the eclipse.

     When totality was resched, Senior Gerritt Baughman did more listening than looking during the eclipse and noticed some really different things happening.

     “The cicadas came out and I could hear dogs barking in the distance.. it was amazing how just in a matter of minutes nature did a whole 360,” Baughman said.

      The point of totality in Missouri lasted two minutes and twenty-seven seconds. Students at JCHS howled with disappointment when as totality ended, many students really appreciated the experience.

      Senior student athlete, Jaren Jones, was feeling anxious when he was looking through his protected glasses and watched the sun as it slowly disappeared.

     “This is a once in a lifetime experience and I’m happy I got to experience it with my entire school,” Jones said.

    The next total eclipse for the United States will occur in 2024. The eclipse will travel from Texas all the way to Maine.

Students pointing directly at the eclipse.

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