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Manteca Unified schools gear up for solar eclipse

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POSTED August 7, 2017 1:12 a.m.

It’s called the Great American Total Solar Eclipse.

Those living in areas from Oregon to South Carolina can expect to see darken skies on this “path of totality” on Monday, Aug. 21.

However, this part of California can expect to view a partial eclipse of this quirk of cosmic geometry – considering the moon orbits an average of 239,000 miles from Earth or just the right distance that it will appear the same in size to the much-larger sun, according to www.space.com.

The countdown is set to begin at 9:02 a.m. that day, with the maximum part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience taking place at 10:17, concluding shortly before noon at 11:39.

Many of the Manteca Unified campuses are already gearing up for the eclipse.

That’s according to Sierra High Science teacher Larry Grimes.

“I plan to have my astronomy students manning telescopes on campus during the eclipse,” he said.

They’ll also distribute eclipse glasses to every student and staff member.

Grimes and colleague Jeff Baldwin of Lathrop High are among the best in their respective field. Last year, they were among 22 educators aboard NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, which is the world’s largest airborne astronomical observatory.

Grimes and Baldwin, for the past two summers, have also spearheaded MUSD’s STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math – Astronomy Camp.

 

Call MUSD at 209.825.3200 or the respective school sites for more information.

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