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Total solar eclipse returns: Here’s what you need to know.

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Cyan Clements
Drawing by Cyan Clements

As you walk through town this afternoon, you’re likely to see people clad in glasses  flooding the streets with expressions of awe. The reason? A total solar eclipse, which is expected to begin in Massachusetts at around 2 in the afternoon and will not make another appearance until 2044. 

This phenomena occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, preventing any light from hitting the Earth. For a total eclipse to happen, the sun, moon and Earth must be exactly aligned, otherwise it is only a partial eclipse. 

Today, the path of totality for the eclipse spans from Texas to Maine. Although Massachusetts isn’t in this line, residents will still be able to witness the eclipse as the sun is partially obstructed. 

Although the event is brief, minor changes are expected to occur within the environment. The air will become cooler as the light is blocked out, and nocturnal animals such as crickets are expected to make an appearance during the event. Officials are also advising spectators to wear special eclipse glasses, as staring directly into the sun can cause eye damage. 

Here is more information about when and how to safely view the Eclipse. 

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SANTANA FARIA
SANTANA FARIA, Staff Writer
Santana Faria is a sophomore at GHS and a first year writer for the Gillnetter. She’s an honors student as well as an active member of the Student Council where she enjoys fundraising for her class. In her free time, Santana loves to read fantasy books, listen to music and nap. When she isn’t busy sleeping, you can contact her at [email protected]
Cyan Clements
Cyan Clements, Staff Writer
Cyan Clements is a senior at GHS and is a second year writer for The Gillnetter. She is a honors student and takes pride in being the resident artist for the newspaper. Outside of school, Cyan enjoys drawing, trying new hobbies, and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys collecting various different things, such as albums and dolls. You can contact her at [email protected]

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