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Get Ready, Get Set for the Solar Eclipse on April 8th!

Did you know that on April 8, 2024, Detroit will be in 99% totality of a solar eclipse?  At about 3:15 p.m., Detroit will experience a solar eclipse!  This is the first solar eclipse in the United States since 2017. 

This natural phenomenon provides a unique opportunity for us to engage with our students in exploring the wonders of our universe. However, it's crucial that we prioritize safety while enjoying this spectacular event.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun, blocking all or part of the sun's light. During a total solar eclipse, the moon completely covers the sun, casting a shadow on the Earth and temporarily turning day into night in the path of totality. Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon only partially covers the sun, resulting in a crescent-shaped sun.

DPSCD in partnership with NASA's AREN (AEROKATS and ROVER Education Network) will supply each school with a set of solar eclipse glasses for district students.  Schools should expect delivery of those glasses before spring break.

Why is it so important to wear these solar eclipse glasses?

  1. Protecting Our Eyes: Looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse, can cause serious and permanent damage to our eyes. The intense solar radiation emitted during an eclipse can lead to conditions such as solar retinopathy, which can result in vision impairment or even blindness. By wearing solar eclipse glasses, we can safely observe the eclipse without risking harm to our eyes.

  2. Enhancing the Learning Experience: By providing solar eclipse glasses to all students, we ensure that everyone can actively participate in this educational opportunity. These glasses allow for a clear and safe view of the eclipse, enabling students to engage in meaningful observations and discussions about the science behind this fascinating event.

Should you decide to take your class outdoors during the eclipse, please take the time to educate your students about the importance of wearing these glasses and the science behind solar eclipses.

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