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Writer challenges Adair's appreciation of Solar Eclipse 2017
Letter offers good and not-so-good reviews of responses to Eclipse 2017: "I am very glad that the Adair County schools planned an educational day, as many districts declined to take advantage of this opportunity, so I commend the staff at the district for this. For Adair County in general, though, it was like being only a short drive from the Grand Canyon but skipping it because you've seen river valleys before..." - TW
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Well, just now reading about how different school districts in Kentucky responded to the eclipse. Looking through this article [link at end of letter], it's a shame that no one seems to have clearly understood that:
(1) The eclipse from start to finish was 3 hours long, the Moon slowly moving across the face of the Sun.I am very glad that the Adair County schools planned an educational day, as many districts declined to take advantage of this opportunity, so I commend the staff at the district for this.
For Adair County in general, though, it was like being only a short drive from the Grand Canyon but skipping it because you've seen river valleys before.
Hopefully some eyewitnesses who did travel to totality will get folks interested to travel to the edge of Kentucky to see the 2024 eclipse. (Adair County at 95% will still not be where you want to be.) Please take some time to understand eclipses as you write articles about them. Check with your local astronomers at WKU. Take advantage of the enormous amount of resources that NASA and others gathered to educate the public. It is actually easy and fun to observe the nearest star safely anytime, but to have access to a total solar eclipse is rare and special.
Theo Wellington Amateur astronomer / Goodlettsville TN
Outreach resource volunteer with the NASA Solar System Ambassador program - Theo Wellington Comments re article 92280 Eclipse preparations chats in Adair County
Thank you for your insightful letter, Theo Wellington, points are well taken. I am very proud of our Adair County Public School System's response to the event and how it was incorporated into the curriculum. As one who only chronicled the event and responses to it, your criticism and challenges are fair and accepted. -- Linda Waggener
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