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December 2017

Eclipse Watch 2017


Eclipse Watch 2017

On August 21st, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands staff gathered outside of the North Club to view the solar eclipse.

The path of totality (when the moon completely blocks the sun and a portion of the earth is in the moon’s shadow) traveled across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.

While the Omaha–Council Bluffs–Carter Lake metropolitan area did not fall in the totality zone, 98% of the sun’s rays were blocked by the passing moon. BGCM staff watching from the Clubs saw (with the safety of eclipse glasses) a crescent sun and sunset-colored skies through breaks in the clouds.

Though the Clubs weren’t in session for youth at the time of the eclipse, members learned about the scientific event in the weeks leading up to it. As part of the Imagine Science program in partnership with UNO, BGCM youth created Public Service Announcements for their Clubs. The PSAs shared information on safely experiencing the eclipse and the science behind the astronomical event.

The U.S. won’t see another total solar eclipse until 2024.