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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

‘partial’ again.

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.

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Times of Brunswick, Fall 2017  

Times of Brunswick, Fall 2017