Two Minutes of Totality

Comets view Great American Solar Eclipse, 2017

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(NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

(NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
A total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)
Students view solar eclipse on August 21.

In anticipation of viewing the Great American Solar eclipse McCluer staff and students took to the football field and donned their protective eyeglasses provided by the district. Those outside to observe the 90% totality in the Ferguson area endured high humidity and temps in the high nineties. As the totality time of 1:17 p.m. grew closer, the sky darkened and many reported they heard night sounds. Senior Curtis Orr stated that he heard the cicadas and other insects singing their night songs. Viewers had to be quick. The 90% totality only lasted for less than two minutes. For those who missed today’s event, another solar eclipse will cross over St. Louis in April of 2024.