Students and adults alike got out of school and work to get outside and view the great solar eclipse of 2017.

Students and adults alike got out of school and work to get outside and view the great solar eclipse of 2017.
At its peak, at 1:11 p.m. Monday, 94 percent of the sun was blocked by the moon, causing a visible darkening outside and creating feathery shadows on sidewalks and streets under trees.
At the Carthage Junior High, students were allowed out of class in shifts with their solar eclipse glasses to witness one of nature's spectacles.
Some students stood in the front of the building looking up with their glasses. Then they looked down to see the crescent shaped shadows caused by the gaps in the leaves creating a pin hole projector affect on the ground.
On the Grant Street side of the school, in front of the art building, Teacher Brian Obermann brought out the school's telescope and solar filter to give students in his Project Lead the Way class a close-up look as the moon blocked the sun.
At first, as the moon just started to take bites out of the glowing orange disc, sunspots, giant dark spots on the surface of the sun, were visible.
Slowly, the moon continued across the sun until it had blocked all but 6 percent of the solar disc.
“We use the telescope for astronomy night, we have that once a year, and with the solar lens, we usually use it to look at sunsopts, but it's great to view the eclipse,” Obermann said. “With the whole setup here, the kids were able to see the eclipse with greater magnification than just with the glasses.”
Kenedy Smith, a student in Obermann's class, said she was glad to see the eclipse, but she was anxious at first for fear of hurting her eyes.
“It's the moon and the sun and the moon is in the way,” Smith said. “It was cool looking through the glasses because you could actually see it without becoming blind. I was a little bit worried about that.”
Garrett Lilienkamp, a student in Obermann's class, said seeing almost the entire sun covered by the moon was pretty exciting.
“You get to see it up close,” Lilienkamp said. “It doesn't happen very often and a lot of people don't get to see it because this one just came through this part of the area. We're really lucky to get to see it.”
Student Emanuel Juarez said he expected to see more of the moon than he did. He also enjoyed seeing the crescent shaped shadows that appeared under a colander.
“The moon, I thought it would be a different color and you could see like the craters and stuff, but you couldn't,” Juarez said. “It was pitch black. The colander was really awesome because it was a hole and the light shining through turned into a banana shape.”
Carol Erskin, who lives across Grant Street from the school took advantage of an offer from Obermann to see the eclipse through the telescope.
“I never thought I would get to do that, I'm 76 and I never thought I'd get to do something like that,” Carol Erskin said. “The little shadows from the trees and from the flower pot were especially neat. This was not what I expected, I didn't quite understand the shadows until I saw them and someone explained it to me. I saw it on Facebook, but I didn't really comprehend what it meant. I had to see it to believe it.”