GHS Prepares for Total Eclipse


Yacob Reyes, Staff Writer

Yesterday, a total solar eclipse was visible only from the inside of the United States, the first time an event like this had taken place since the founding of our country 241 years ago.

Hillsborough County had already released a statement allowing parents to keep their children at home or pick them up early to watch this historical event as an excused absence with a note from a parent in advance.

Stores across the Tampa Bay Area sold out on solar eclipse glasses, which NASA claimed were the safest way to view the eclipse without causing retinal damage.

The GHS Stargazers Club hosted an event outside of the cafeteria after dismissal, where they provided viewing glasses to anyone interested in seeing the eclipse.

“I am very excited! This is a once in a lifetime event, the next major eclipse will be Aug.12, 2045. A 16 year old today will be 46, older than me!” said Kelleigh Weeks, science teacher and sponsor of the Stargazers Club.

The eclipse began at 1:15 p.m. and reached its maximum coverage of the sun around 2:49 p.m., during which the moon was the most visible.

In light of the phenomenon, after-school activities took place indoors until after then.

Seeing as the last eclipse to be visible coast-to-coast across the United States occurred nearly 100 years ago, everyone was beginning to feel the anticipation.

“It is such a rare and notorious day that many people around the world have lived their whole lives without experiencing, and I get to enjoy this event at just 16 years old,” said sophomore Annais Becerra. “My family is extremely grateful, we even made handmade solar eclipse T-shirts!”

Nearly 200 students remained on campus to view the eclipse, which ended at approximately 4:14 p.m.

For more information regarding the GHS Stargazing club, students can speak to Weeks in room 228.