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Sun-Earth Day Presents: Eclipse, In a Different Light


Hybrid Eclipse By Lisa Milenkovic

1998 Hybrid Eclipse

On Apr. 8, 2005 we had already planned an early evening "Ice Cream Social" at our school (Eagle Point Elementary, Weston, FL). We also just recently purchased a Solarscope that arrived the week before the eclipse. I rushed to put it together and publicized that students and families could get their ice cream and join us outside for a viewing of the hybrid solar eclipse. In South Florida we saw about a 45% eclipse. It rained all day, but the clouds cleared just at peak eclipse time - and peak ice cream eating time. We were able to view the eclipse until sunset (working our way up the steps of the school to get a good view). It was great being a science teacher and being able to stand back and have all these excited parents sharing the event with their kids....truly memorable! Above is a photo from that night - bowls of ice cream and all.


Eclipse Fact

Eclipse shadows travel at 1,100 miles per hour at the equator and up to 5,000 miles per hour near the poles.

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