Students mark eclipse with viewing events

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Chandler Elementary School and Kilgore Middle School students will be among the millions of people across the country getting a glimpse of the sun as the moon moves between it and the Earth.

Karie Bradley’s dual language class will be one of the groups viewing the solar eclipse – safely with approved eclipse glasses.

Bradley received a set of 40 eclipse glasses for her students to witness the event.

In addition to viewing the eclipse, the students will also be creating time capsules to mark the event.

Kilgore Middle School students will also get a chance to view the solar eclipse with a set of 475 eclipse glasses provided by Astronomers Without Borders.

With a three hour window from the start of the eclipse to the end, students will be able to go out to view the phenomenon during their lunch periods.

Not only is the eclipse a rare event to witness, but it also falls on the first day of school for many area public schools, including KISD.

Kilgore will not get a full eclipse, but the partial eclipse will begin at 11:44 a.m. Aug. 21. The maximum coverage will see the moon cover 76.69 percent of the sun at 1:15 p.m. The partial eclipse will come to an end at 2:44 p.m., according to NASA data.

In order to view the solar eclipse safely, NASA stresses using eclipse glasses certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

– By CHELSEA KATZ

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