Eclipse casts a shadow on West Point

South Side Elementary students gasped and awed as they viewed the solar eclipse using safety glasses.Hebron Christian School students used a homemade method to view Monday’s solar eclipse.West Point, like most of North America, experienced a partial solar eclipse yesterday in which the moon covered 90 percent of the sun.
Mary Rumore
Staff Writer

The Great American Eclipse passed over West Point yesterday afternoon, with the peak time at 1:28 p.m.

Hebron Christian School science teacher Mike Gammill said a solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the earth. While some parts of the country experienced a total solar eclipse, West Point experienced a partial eclipse with 90 percent of the sun covered.

According to NASA, the total solar eclipse was visible from Oregon to South Carolina.

Gammill said he and his students had the opportunity to view today’s eclipse between clouds.

“We had to dodge the clouds here and there, but overall it was a great experience getting to see it,” Gammill said.

South Side Elementary School Principal Casey Glusenkamp said third and fourth grade students got to view the solar eclipse with safety glasses if they had a signed permission form, and they also watched NASA’s livestream of the eclipse in their classrooms and cafeteria.

The students gasped and smiled as they viewed the solar eclipse.

“They also had space-themed snacks like Starbursts, Sun Chips and Capri Suns,” Glusenkamp said.

According to NASA, the last solar eclipse that was visible in the United States was on Feb. 26, 1979, and it passed over Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Canadian Provinces of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. The next solar eclipse visible in the United States will be October 14, 2023 which will be visible from Northern California to Florida. There will be another total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 that will be visible from Texas to Maine.