An OC Perspective of the 2017 Solar Eclipse


Alison VanderMolen '19, Staff Writer

This summer, many people across the country went outside with their eclipse glasses to see the most-observed solar eclipse in history. Pittsburgh only experienced 81% totality, but many people travelled to parts of the country within the path of totality, including Ms. Blackmond and Ms. Fultz.

Ms. Blackmond went to Sweetwater, Tennessee. She described it as “the most incredible thing I’ve ever experienced.” She also recounted that the lighting at the beginning of the eclipse as looking almost like dusk. All around on the horizon were the colors of a sunset, and when the eclipse reached totality, you couldn’t see the sun anymore, just the rays of light coming out from behind the moon.  “It’s difficult to describe to someone who hasn’t experienced it before…It was an emotional experience.”

Ms. Fultz went to a small town called Bryson City in North Carolina. She was with a group of 400 people, who had all come to witness the solar eclipse.  “The temperature dropped about 20 degrees, some of the dogs began to howl because the moon was out, and you could hear the crickets. When the eclipse reached totality, there was a halo around the moon, you could see Jupiter, and the outline of the Smoky Mountains was in the distance.” Fultz recalled.

Ms. Blackmond and Ms. Fultz would both highly recommend going to see a solar eclipse in totality. The next eclipse in North America will be in April of 2024. Ms. Blackmond is considering travelling to Argentina in two years for another total eclipse and she and Ms. Fultz are both looking forward to the next eclipse here in North America.