Preschoolers prep for partial solar eclipse

The solar eclipse should be in view here in Central Texas around 11:40 a.m. next Monday. Students will be back in school. So, many teachers are preparing for the event.

"The moon is something you can look at at night and it has no gravity on it,” said one student.

The students at The Goddard School in Leander have been learning all about the solar system in preparation for the eclipse Monday.

What they have retained is pretty impressive.

"It's when the moon goes between the earth and the sun,” said a student.

"The moon covers up the sun so you can barely see any sun rays and it's only 7 minutes and 30 seconds long,” said another student.

Since the event will occur when they are in the classroom, they are building viewing devices.

On Wednesday, they took the devices outside for a test spin.

They will only be used for shadow play.

The kids will not be able to go outside during the actual event. Staff felt with so many students, the risk of injury was a little too great.

Though, the students all seem to have the golden rule of eclipse watching memorized.

"Don't look at the sun. Don't stare at the sun! Don't look at it because it will blind your eyes,” said a student.

The school will instead watch a live stream event inside complete with a picnic which seems just as exciting to the first-timers.

"I think it's going to be really cool,” said a student.

"Yeah! We're both excited,” said another student.

"I think it's really exciting. You don't get to view one that often. So it's very awesome that these guys will get to see something that they probably won't be able to see again,” said teacher Sam Mueller.

To learn more or watch the NASA Eclipse Live Stream, click here. 

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