Solar Eclipse

Article by Seo Young Oh

The solar eclipse created a buzz all over social media on Monday, the 21st of August. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in the United States was 38 years ago, in 1979. A total solar eclipse is when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location. The first point of the eclipse path started at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05am and ended near Charleston, South Carolina at around 2:48 pm.

Twitter accounts from all over the world tweeted about this rare phenomenon. They shared photos and videos capturing the moon pass over the sun. Facebook timelines were filled with stories and even more photos of the eclipse.

Junior Sofia D. says, “I think that it was a really special moment for me. I watched the livestream of the solar eclipse because I just thought it was so interesting that a phenomenon like this would happen in my lifetime. Because of the solar eclipse, I got back in touch with some of my friends who had moved to the States. We were able to talk about the solar eclipse. I think it’s really cool that something like this can really give us a chance to connect with people around the world. My sister happened to be in the United States at the time of the solar eclipse and I think it’s really fascinating that we were in different time zones but for a couple of minutes were connected and watching the same sky (although I was watching it through a screen).”

Junior Katya Z. says, “ I watched the solar eclipse through a live stream. I have friends from all over the world, and they were all talking about the solar eclipse. It was really cool that even though we all lived in different places, we were all connected for a moment by the eclipse. It was nice to get back in touch with them.”

The solar eclipse was not only a breathtaking sight to see, but also a method of connection for people all over the world.