By Grace Brokaw
Students gathered on the North Mall to witness the moon’s shadow cross over the state Aug. 21 at Glendale Community College.
Donning safety solar glasses, students and faculty gazed skyward to watch the moon cover most of the sun, an event that is surprisingly common across the world.
“Eclipses happen every few years. They are not as rare as you think. The problem is that the shadow is very small, so unless you happen to be within the path of that shadow, you don’t see anything. We are on the edge of the shadow so we are getting a partial eclipse,” Physical Science Assistant Department Chair, Kilo Watt, said in a presentation to students.
But the United States has not seen a solar eclipse since the 1970s, according to the Vice-President of Academic Affairs, Eric Leshinskie.
The eclipse peaked at 10:30am, and the moon covered 60% of the sun, according to Astrology Professor at GCC, Sally Watt.
Students and faculty filled the mall to catch a glimpse of it for themselves.
“It is kind of nice that we have glasses here. I never really knew that colleges do this stuff. It is my first day, so this is kind of nice,” said Susan Perez, a new student at GCC.
“Oh my gosh! That is amazing. I am all excited. It is so beautiful. I think it’s breath taking, and I am so glad I got to see it,” said Tiffany Thornhill, an employee at the Student Life Office in the Student Union who stopped to see the eclipse.
But for those who were in class and missed the eclipse, there is no need to worry. “In America, there will be another good one in 2024,” Sally Watt said.