Gray skies eclipse the eclipse
Gray skies eclipse the eclipse

The forecast warned of cloudy skies in Monterey, but the Santa Catalina Lower and Middle School community turned their eyes skyward anyway in hopes of catching a glimpse of the great solar eclipse of 2017.

Middle School science teacher Theresa Clarkson organized a viewing station with eclipse glasses, pinhole projectors, a thermometer to collect data for citizen science, and props to demonstrate what happens during a total solar eclipse.

As eclipse time approached, a smattering of students, parents, and faculty hoped for the best. Alas, the phenomenon was indeed obscured by gray, but a slight darkening of the sky and a drop in temperature gave indications that Monterey's 71 percent piece of the sun-moon pie did in fact occur.

Live streams of the eclipse helped ease the pain.

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