Today, at 11:47 a.m., the moon obscured 91.6 percent of the sun in Littleton in an extraordinary planetary endeavor known as the “Great American Eclipse.” The solar eclipse became visible over the US for the first time since 1979. Millions of Americans nationwide focused their eyes on the sun, while at LHS, hundreds of students left class to witness this astronomical feat.
In hopes of seeing this once in a lifetime event, the students were allowed to leave class, grab a pair of eclipse glasses and stare at the sun. The science department handed out eclipse glasses and TSA sold out of their glasses before the school day started. Many teachers took their fifth period classes out to the grass soccer fields, the courtyard and other locations to witness this event.
“The speed of the shadow is 1,600 miles per hour and it’s the difference between the speed of the Earth rotating on its axis on the speed of the moon revolving around the Earth. The moon actually orbits faster around the Earth and spins on its axis. That’s why the shadow is moving from West to East,” said science teacher Mike Montgomery.
The shadow caused by the moon also caused some interesting weather patterns. Outside was a lot darker earlier in the day and the air was much colder.
“It feels like the temperature of the Earth with no sun. It’s really weird. I’m boggled,” said senior Kellie Roth.
While some students stayed here to see the eclipse, others decided it would be worth enduring traffic and driving long hours to Nebraska or Wyoming, where the moon would cover 100 percent of the sun.
“[My family] went up to Wyoming to see the eclipse. Traffic was crazy both ways and we had to wake up super early, but it was worth it to see the sun completely covered,” said senior Natalie Rutty.
She is one of the many students who took on this trek, but because this is a once in a lifetime event, they knew it would be worth the trip.
“I have never seen anything like it. We were all really determined to get up there because we knew an eclipse like this would only come once. It is so crazy how the universe works,” said Rutty.