O’Fallon prepares for the Solar Eclipse

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

It’s being called the Great American Solar Eclipse and it’s not your everyday event.

A once in a lifetime occurrence for some, twice in a lifetime for a few others, the solar eclipse on August 21 is predicted to be the event of the year. During a partial or full solar eclipse, the moon hides some of the sun, and in actuality, they aren’t all that rare. We can thank a simple geometrical equation for giving us the ability to view an object that is 400 times smaller than the other object it is blocking. From earth, the distance between the two makes them appear to be the same size and gives us a chance to see the sun’s corona, or outer atmosphere, which is rare as we don’t often get the opportunity to stare at the sun.

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