Solar eclipse impacts Indianapolis

Today at 2:20 the moon will be covering 92 percent of the sun over Indianapolis. This will be the first time an eclipse will stretch coast to coast in the United States since 1918. That’s why some people are calling today’s event a once in a lifetime experience.

In order to look at the solar eclipse without getting serious eye damage a spectator will need special glasses. Do to the moon blocking the sun, the small ray of light that is visible would be like shining a magnifying glass on an ant. Except in this case the ant is a retina in the human eye. Staring at the eclipse unprotected could lead to temporary blindness.

Humanities teacher Louis Silverman is selling approved eclipse glasses to his ninth period geography class.

“Last week I started looking for glasses for my family. So I tried Lowes, Walmart and Kroger and no one had the glasses. Then I read an article about trusted websites selling glasses, but the fewest I could get was 25. So I payed $100 dollars for the glasses plus $45 shipping and handling. I offered the glasses to my classes,” Silverman said.

He quickly sold out.

“In retrospect I should have got 50,” Silverman said.

For those without glasses there is a pinhole apparatus that a spectator can use to see the progression of the eclipse.

Silverman along with many teachers are taking their ninth and tenth period classes outside, mainly because it is so rare and so close to totality. In areas south of Indiana including Kentucky or Tennessee there will be a total solar eclipse.

Junior Koji Leonardo is excited for the solar experience.

“I think I’m going to skip tenth period to watch the eclipse, I have a pass to watch it. It’s a once in a lifetime experience so I don’t want to miss it,” Leonardo said.

Leonardo says his mother, a staff member at Spring Mill Elementary School, received extra pairs from the school and gave he and his brother each a pair.

This eclipse will be the last one in America until 2023, which will be seen in parts of North Carolina and Florida, so there is another opportunity for students to see a solar eclipse if they miss this eclipse.

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