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Eclipse captivates Branham

Sophomore Alex Morgan views Monday's solar eclipse during tutorial.

Sophomore Alex Morgan views Monday's solar eclipse during tutorial.

Sophomore Alex Morgan views Monday's solar eclipse during tutorial.

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World History AP teacher Mr. Aaron Sherrill shows his ‘sextant’, a device used to measure the angle between the horizon and a celestial object.

Mr. Richard DiGiacomo shows how his telescope filter works. It projected the eclipse as silver.

Physics teacher Mr. Chris Chidester had a whole punched into a board, which displayed the shadow of the eclipse onto another board.

Sophomore Bailey Donaldson uses an index card to view the eclipse.

Squinting faces could be seen across campus as the long awaited eclipse took place.
Students at Branham High School had the opportunity to view the celestial event during tutorial and brunch today. Teachers and students used a variety of equipment to view the sun, including a sextant, telescope filter, hole-punched index card, and eclipse glasses. It was the first coast-to-coast total eclipse in the United States since 1917.
Though the morning was initially cloudy, the weather cleared up in time for viewing by the end of fifth period.
Several teachers and students came to school prepared with purchased eclipse glasses, which protected their eyes from the harsh light. Sophomores Alex Morgan and Max Sharp peered at the sun using this technique. Morgan described the eclipse as “the Pakistani flag, only yellow.”
Students were impressed with this event.
Junior Samuel Martin found the eclipse interesting as “historically, they told of dark times to come.”
Anna Burns was anticipating this day, and has plans to travel to the next viewing site.
“Now that I have seen it, I want to go somewhere where I can see the total eclipse someday,” she said.
Ms. Leticia Molina made hole-punched index cards for her students to look through. Students held them at a distance from the cement, and the eclipse cast a crescent shadow through the hole. Sophomore Bailey Donaldson tried this method, and noted that that the moon covered approximately one-third of the sun.
Physics teacher Mr. Chris Chidester created a hole through film on a poster board, and had the eclipse shine through it onto another board.
“The hole allows light from the sun to shine through… and prevents it from scattering,” Chidester said.
Mr. Richard DiGiacomo held a telescope filter up to the sky, which made the eclipse look like a silver moon.
Mr. Aaron Sherrill had a sextant, a navigational instrument that measures the angle between a celestial object and the Earth’s horizon. He used the sextant as a measurement tool, and viewed the eclipse through his glasses.
The next total eclipse across the state will occur on Aug. 21, 2045.

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