Solar eclipse or solar bust?


credit to Brandi Ray

(from left to right) William Wohlford, Peyton Ray, Nick Brown looking at the solar eclipse

Devin C Cranwell

On August 21, 2017, Radford High School experienced a 90% solar eclipse. Many high schoolers were excited to experience a once in a lifetime event. Abby Ridpath was quoted as saying, “I think it is a beautiful sight that only happens every once in awhile. So enjoy it!” Although many Bobcats were excited, some didn’t share in this excitement. Deven Beale said, “I don’t really care about the solar eclipse.” Ms.Nave, RHS biology teacher, said, “I’m bummed I forgot my eclipse glasses at home.” When asked what makes the solar eclipse such an event, she said, “It hasn’t happened in 40 years.”


On NASA’s eclipse website it said that “a solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the earth and the sun.” Depending on where you live on earth the eclipse will look different and will last for a different amount of time at its peak. Radford only experienced a 90% eclipse and the entire process lasted for three hours, But Radford only experienced it at its peak for about 2 minutes 40 seconds according to NASA’s website. The last time that the U.S. experienced a full solar eclipse was 1979, 37 years ago.


On August 22, 2017,  many RHS students felt it was a let down. They felt the solar eclipse didn’t live up to the hype. Reese Deprey said, ”I felt like it was anti-climatic.” Another student told the Acorn, “It didn’t even get that dark.” So what was it about the eclipse that people didn’t like? Many RHS students believed it would be pitch black outside. Although most students didn’t enjoy the eclipse some did enjoy it. One student told me that they thought it was an amazing experience nonetheless, and that they were happy to be a part of that moment. In closing, the eclipse was one of those amazing things, and no matter how you felt we were all a part of this piece of history, and that in and of itself is kind of amazing.

Mr.Lawton holds the reflection of the eclipse in his hand. credit to Shannon Wohlford