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Reporter reflects on the recent eclipse of the sun

Eliza Burgess, Reporter

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On Friday, Sept. 8, journalist Eliza Burgess had a surprise visitor in class. Her brother Matthew, former editor in 2014, stopped by during his break from Northwestern. Eliza had not seen her sibling since last year since she was studying abroad. Photo by Jeanne Hanigan

On August 21, for the first time in 99 years, a coast to coast Solar Eclipse encompassed the United States. Although the eclipse was seen to an extent throughout North America, there was a 70 mile stretch of totality (when the moon fully covers the sun) from Oregon to South Carolina.

Passing through 12 states, the path of totality was the place to be to see day turn to night for approximately 2½ minutes. People traveled, people gathered, and people bought eclipse glasses to see the astronomical event take place.

Here in Washington State, the percent was around 92 totality, still dramatically dimmed the Puget Sound for a minute.

The eclipse was not only a once in a lifetime event,but it was also a great time for scientists to access information that without the eclipse they would not get the chance to study.

In a time where the United States is faced with division, there was an event that brought people from all backgrounds, and generations together to see one of the many wonders this universe has to offer. It was indeed the sight to see (hopefully not see, if you were not equipped with the correct viewing device), and a memory that for many people, will go unseen.

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Reporter reflects on the recent eclipse of the sun