Pattonville students enjoy once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
Pattonville students enjoy once-in-a-lifetime eclipse
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Students throughout Pattonville enjoyed seeing a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon on Aug. 21 as they witnessed the total eclipse of the sun. Students watched a video on eye safety for viewing the eclipse,  participated in a variety of eclipse-related lessons and then witnessed it in person and recorded their observations. Students and staff who viewed the eclipse wore special viewing glasses provided by Pattonville.

Most of Pattonville's schools could view the eclipse in near totality, but one, Willow Brook Elementary School, was able to see totality for a few seconds. There were lots of "oohs and ahhs" by students.

The August event was called "The Great American Solar Eclipse" because the eclipse was on a visible path across the entire continental United States for the first time since 1918. While the St. Louis region has been in the path of a partial eclipse before, the area has not experienced a total eclipse since 1442, and the next total solar eclipse will occur in St. Louis in 2505.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, completely covering the sun and casting a shadow on the Earth.


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Willow Brook Elementary School fifth-graders are wowed by their first view of the eclipse.

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Bridgeway Elementary School students take part in eclipse-related activities prior to viewing the eclipse.