The Great American Eclipse

Taken from NASA Science
Taken from NASA Science

The Great American Eclipse or Total Solar Eclipse is said to be on Monday, April 8, 2024. But what does this mean for Florida students? Will there be a school? Or will people have work?
Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you see this, the answer to all of these questions is yes. But this is still an important part of history as this Solar Eclipse will be visible across Mexico, the United States, and Canada.
While Florida will not be in the path of totality, some parts in the northwest, Crestview, and Pensacola will have 80% visibility, according to the state’s NASA eclipse map. Other locations such as Homestead and Coral Gables will have just about 45% visibility.
As of April 5, many are anticipating this solar eclipse of 2024 “Great American Eclipse” but there are no days off for the color eclipse that is said to take place on April 8th.
But does this mean that if students miss school to watch the solar eclipse they get in trouble? “However, some districts did not penalize students if they missed class to watch the eclipse or if they were traveling somewhere that was in the path of totality,” says
But on August 15th, 2017, Florida stated that Brevard County School District was excusing absences for students who chose to stay home to watch the solar eclipse. said, “The Brevard County school district is excusing absences for students who stay home during Monday’s much-anticipated solar eclipse.”
But the question is, will you be staying home to watch this year’s solar eclipse? It is also important to mention and warn of the danger of watching the solar eclipse without the proper equipment.

All eclipse glasses must comply with ISO 12312-2 international safety standards, your glasses should have an ISO label printed on them which shows that they comply. The American Astronomical Society has a list of approved solar eclipse glasses to ensure the safety of the public.

Just because the sky is darkened doesn’t mean it is safe to watch the solar eclipse without proper UV protection. The sun is giving out more UV rays that are harmful to the eyes and skin.

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