Monday’s partial solar eclipse was an exciting experience, and a real life physics lesson, at Ayala High School.

There were many ways to safely view the event at the Solar Eclipse Extravaganza put on by students of Ayala’s AP physics class and astronomy club.

Stations set up in the quad included homemade eclipse viewers made of cardboard boxes of various shapes and sizes, safety eyeglasses, small telescopes with mylar filters and a large 12-foot telescope with a projection screen.

Reporters Leticia Juarez of Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Adrianna Weingold of Channel 2 KCBS TV interviewed several students.

“I feel blessed to be alive for something like this,” senior Tara Zam told a reporter.

Physics teacher Scott Carter said he moved up the study of optics, which he usually presents to his physics class at the end of the year, to the beginning of the year to coincide with the eclipse.

Student groups of all grades rotated through the viewing stations for over two and a half hours.

Mr. Carter, a 20- year teacher of the school, gave viewing instructions to each group.

Shadows that appeared crescent shaped under nearby trees were a reflection of the sun being partially covered by the moon, he told the students. 

“There’s an explanation for how the whole world works around you if you just keep your eyes open. It’s always around you at all times,” he added.

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