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Science Department Preps for Solar Eclipse

Diego Martinez, Social Media Editor

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The Science Department at St. Benedict’s Prep is eagerly awaiting what has been hailed as the greatest solar eclipse of the century. In the New York/ New Jersey area, the eclipse is projected to take place on Monday, August 21. The eclipse will begin at 1:23 p.m. and reach its maximum coverage at 2:44 p.m.

“I think we’re incredibly lucky that the solar eclipse is occurring just after the school day. This means we have this opportunity to share this rare event as a community,” Physics Teacher Rich Molina ‘06 said.

According to NASA, this will be the first time the contiguous United States sees a total eclipse since 1979. A portion of Americans, who live in an area stretching across the country from Lincoln Beach, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, will see the sun completely covered by the moon. But observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.

Nearly everyone in North America and parts of South America, Africa, and Europe will see at least a partial solar eclipse. In the state of New Jersey, people will be able to see the moon cover roughly 70 percent of the sun. This is still considered a significant event, and the faculty at St. Benedict’s are keen to take advantage of this.

The St. Benedict’s viewing will be held for the students and faculty on the grass field in front the Leahy House, the school’s dormitory. Refreshments will be served, and proper eyewear will be distributed for the safety of the participants. All St. Benedict’s students are being encouraged to attend.

Science Department Chair Dennis Lansang, M.D. said “ The students might get a better appreciation for some of the ‘things’ that we take for granted: the stars, the planets and how they move, the moon.  Science has become less glamorous and perhaps students might take more interest in careers that relate to science and technology.”

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