BEYOND THE BOOKS
NEWS AND NOTEWORTHY EVENTS
When ‘Cool’ Became An Understatement T
was all but gone through our glasses,
are the same as what the eye can
students — rising junior
and we whipped them off just in
see. There’s too much gradation
classmates Nico Apostolides,
time to see the diamond-ring effect.
in the light from the corona as it
Benjamin Burns, and Jonathan
“None of us was prepared for
stretches away from the sun.
Wiener — and two members of the
totality. Now, I know why people
science-teaching faculty traveled
who have witnessed it before
buzzing and blinking madly (spotted
to Salem, Oregon, to view the total
describe it as something indescrib-
by Ben Burns), confused that
eclipse on August 21.
able and say they’ll never settle for a
night had come early, doesn’t
compare to seeing it.”
The team made strategic stops as the moment of totality approached, visiting Crater Lake Park, hiking Garfield Peak, and taking a historic tour of Salem before meeting with a group of scientists, preand post-eclipse, to discuss their work. Upper School Admission Director and physics teacher Rob Follansbee, who organized the trip, described the moment everyone had been waiting for: “As we approached totality, cool became an understatement,” he said. “As the light got low, our shadows more distinct, and the images of the crescent sun appeared as light through the leaves of trees, we kept watching the clock inch toward 10:17 a.m. Then, the crescent
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“You can’t get pictures that
“The description of a firefly
ABOVE Junior boys Nico Apostolides, Benjamin Burns, and Jonathan Wiener stand atop Garfield Peak on Crater Lake. BELOW Jonathan Wiener soaks in the moment of totality with keen and protected eyes toward the sky.