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1 central AL school's students headed to TN for total solar eclipse

Total eclipse (Source: KCBD file photo) Total eclipse (Source: KCBD file photo)
“Our science objectives for the first nine weeks cover solar and lunar eclipses. This is an opportunity for them to see science in the real world," said teacher Susan Barnes (Source: WSFA 12 News) “Our science objectives for the first nine weeks cover solar and lunar eclipses. This is an opportunity for them to see science in the real world," said teacher Susan Barnes (Source: WSFA 12 News)
Partial eclipse (Source: KAUZ file photo) Partial eclipse (Source: KAUZ file photo)
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -

Roughly 50 percent of the sixth-grade class at a Millbrook school will travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Monday to see the solar eclipse.

"We are traveling so we can see a total eclipse," explained Susan Barnes, a sixth-grade math teacher at Millbrook Middle School. "We know that there was a partial eclipse here where there would be 90 percent coverage but I actually wanted our students to see totality.”

During the eclipse, Montgomery residents will be able to see the moon cover anywhere from 85 to 93 percent of the sun. While it is considered a total solar eclipse, it is only partial here in Alabama. Skies will darken, but will not turn pitch black in our viewing area.

In Montgomery, roughly ten percent of the sun will still be exposed at the eclipse’s peak. 

Barnes said that the eclipse could not have happened at a more appropriate time.

“Our science objectives for the first nine weeks cover solar and lunar eclipses. This is an opportunity for them to see science in the real world, not just in a textbook and not just a video. This is something they can view in reality that they can relate to as a lifetime experience," she added.

Millbrook Middle School is taking three buses to Nashville starting around 4:30 a.m. Monday. While her students aren’t too happy about the early morning bus ride, Barnes said that they couldn’t be more excited to see science in action.

"Science is my favorite subject," said sixth-grader Jackson Wade. "I like watching a lunar eclipse a lot, so I think I will like this one."

"I'm really excited to see how the earth just goes pitch black when the moon covers the sun," added classmate Aysia Jackson, who is also going on the field trip.

You cannot at any point stare directly at the eclipse. 

The next solar eclipse will be in October 2023, and another total eclipse is expected in 2024.

Montgomery is in the 'path of totality' for the eclipse that will occur in 2045, so in 28 years, those at Millbrook Middle School won’t have to travel as far. 

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