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The Solar Eclipse!

This April 8, a solar eclipse--when the moon passes in between the Sun and Earth casting a shadow and dimming the daylight--occurred. The last solar eclipse visible in Miami happened in 2017, so it’s been a while since Miami was overcast in the shadows.

The eclipse began just before 2pm and reached its peak right after 3pm. However, the sun only went back to normal at 4pm, ending the partial eclipse.

Although the eclipse is a wonderful sight, safety is extremely important. Even just glancing at the eclipse can permanently damage eyesight. This is why when watching the eclipse people make sure to wear special UV-ray-protected sunglasses so their vision does not get damaged from the brightness. 

In contrast to parts of Texas where the sky darkened significantly, Miami’s skies didn't change; they stayed blue due to Miami experiencing only a partial eclipse. The eclipse crossed central Mexico through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine heading to Southern Canada.

By: Adina Shagalov (9th)

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