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Darkness During the Day

A view of the eclipse from the town of South Windsor.
Judith Mohan
A view of the eclipse from the town of South Windsor.

Once in a lifetime event–the “total solar eclipse”, taking place on Monday, 8th April was visible all across North America. Dubbed as the “Great North American eclipse” by the media, the total solar eclipse was visible to 32 million people without them needing to leave their city. 

Spanning from Texas to Maine, the eclipse was visible, to some degree, to the entire country. More than 200 million people were expected to watch the eclipse take place with majority of them determined to watch the “partial solar eclipse”.

Though visible to the entire country, the total solar eclipse passed through only a small region in Connecticut, leading to a partial solar eclipse sighting in South Windsor. Yet, many residents of South Windsor watched the eclipse nevertheless quoting it to be a “once in a lifetime” experience.

Those unable to watch the eclipse upfront, had the opportunity to join in on the live stream hosted by NASA and many other news channels as the eclipse occurred across the continent. 

What it looked like to watch the eclipse solar eclipse through live stream. (Judith Mohan)

And of course, every rose has its thorn, as many residents of South Windsor decided to take the day off or work from home during the event.

“I took the day off from work today with concerns of the eclipse causing me any kind of damage. I refuse to take risks,” a resident of South Windsor, Maria Benita, told The Prowl.

People were concerned that the eclipse would cause serious damage to their eyes. Though this could be prevented by taking certain measures.

People buying Solar Eclipse glasses to see the solar eclipse. Judith Mohan

The Great North American eclipse viewing required wearing the solar eclipse glasses, which are proven to be very effective by Nasa. By taking measures to not look at the sun with one’s naked eye, even through binoculars and cameras for telescopes, damage to the eyes can be prevented.

In South Windsor, the eclipse took place at around 3:30pm, and it partially darkened the town for about 10 minutes. The moon, outlined by the bright red sun, was clearly visible to the residents of South Windsor. 

The sudden darkness also frightened and shocked many pets, leading to a not-so-exciting experience for them.

A time-lapse of the sudden darkening at 3:24pm due to the eclipse. (Judith Mohan)

Though the people of South Windsor only experienced only a partial solar eclipse, the event is said to have marked a special place in their lives. 


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Judith Mohan
Judith Mohan, Staff Writer
Judith Olivia Mohan is a freshman student writer from South Windsor High School. She is excited to be a part of the journalism crew this year. She is fluent in English, Tamil, Kannada and Hindi, speaks broken Telegu and is currently learning French through school. She is a guitarist with 2 ½ years of experience and a talented artist since a young age. When she is older, she aspires to work as a medical professional.
Max McDonald
Max McDonald, Staff Writer
Max McDonald is a junior staff writer for The Bobcat Prowl newspaper. Max enjoys submitting short stories into writing contests and making wire jewelry outside of school. An avid lover of animals, Max has over 10 animals including: chickens, dogs, and cats. Max loves music, theater, and science. Max hopes to major in biochemistry and inspire other young women who wish to go into science.