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April 8 Solar Eclipse

Eclipse (Stock Photo)

Center Grove will utilize a waiver day and close all schools on Monday, April 8, 2024. This is the date of the total solar eclipse. Johnson County is in the path of totality for this eclipse, which will occur around 3:00 p.m. Guidance from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security predicts traffic jams and other safety concerns in Johnson and neighboring counties. Neighboring schools are also planning alternatives to in-person classes.

This closure will extend Center Grove’s Spring Break by one day. Monday, April 8 will be a waiver day, which means no classes and no eLearning. Classes will resume on Tuesday, April 9.  All of Center Grove's campuses will be closed to visitors during the eclipse.    Center Grove has purchased eclipse glasses for all students, thanks in part to a grant from United Healthcare. Schools will send the glasses home with students before Spring Break. 


What is a Solar Eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the Earth and creates a shadow with the sun’s light. Three things have to be true to make solar eclipses occur: 1) There is a new moon which means the side of the moon lit by the sun is facing away from the earth. 2) The moon has to cross the path of the earth’s orbit. And 3) The moon’s location in its orbit must be in its closest position to the earth possible.  

A total eclipse is when the sun is completely blocked by the moon. The path of totality is the area on Earth where the full shadow occurs.

Solar Eclipse Safety

(Science.nasa.gov/eclipses/safety

From NASA Science: When looking at a partial or full solar eclipse directly, you must look through safe solar viewing glasses (“eclipse glasses”) or a safe handheld solar viewer at all times. Eclipse glasses are NOT regular sunglasses; regular sunglasses, no matter how dark, are not safe for viewing the Sun. Safe solar viewers are thousands of times darker and ought to comply with the ISO 12312-2 international standard. NASA does not approve of any particular brand of solar viewers.

Timing over White River Township

The eclipse is from 1:50 p.m. to 4:23 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2024, with totality from approximately 3:06 p.m. to 3:10 p.m in the White River Township area.   To find out exactly what time the moon will be passing between you and the sun, you can use NASA’s interactive eclipse map. Click on the name of any town to see when the eclipse will start, when the maximum coverage will occur, and how much of the sun will be covered (obscuration). There’s even a key under the map for converting the universal time to standard times.

Activities

  1. Create sun prints. Human eyes can’t see ultraviolet light, but using construction paper, kids can create sun prints to see for themselves how the sun’s powerful UV rays break down dyes and bleach paper.

  2. Pop a balloon using the sun’s energy. With the sun behind you and a magnifying glass in hand, it’s fun to pop an inflated balloon by focusing the sun’s hot energy on a tiny spot! Tell your kids, during a total eclipse, that the sun’s rays are completely blocked out by the moon and the temperature actually drops a little bit in the moon’s shadow.

  3. Eclipse to Scale: www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/snacks/eclipse-to-scale