THE BULLETIN Vol 22 Issue 33 Monday, August 14, 2017 2013 Onoway & District Chamber of Commerce Business Of The Year Solar Eclipses and Onoway School Days The solar eclipse which will occur in this part of the world on August 21 will not be the spectacle that was anticipated. As the total eclipse crosses the U.S. from Oregon to South Car- olina, coverage of the sun in Edmonton on that day will be 70%. Detectable dimming in daylight hours starts to happen at around 90% coverage. The imminent eclipse brings to mind two incidents that oc- curred in County of Lac Ste. Anne schools in the 1970s and early 90s. On February 26, 1979, students were confined to their classrooms during the eclipse, blinds were closed shut and students were not allowed to venture outside. The Board’s legal team had suggested that action for fear that students would damage their eyes by looking at the sun and litigation would result. During the other eclipse in 1991 (an 11:00 a.m. eclipse), buses did not do the morning run until the eclipse was over – again a precaution in case inquisitive students wanted to view the eclipse. Once more, an insurance concern. That said, an eclipse, no matter how “total”, was a teachable moment. With #14 welding glass provided by local welders, students were marched outside, four to six at a time, to view the eclipse. Excitement was rampant and oohs and ahs were the order of the day. The 2017 version of the eclipse will begin at 10:24 a.m., peak at 11:35 a.m. and end at 12:49 p.m. The Telus World of Science will host free activities from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on that day. Under no circumstance should anyone view the eclipse with the naked eye. The good news is that if you can hang around for 27 years, Ed- monton will witness at total solar eclipse on August 22, 2044. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun.