While there were some fluffy white clouds in the ski over Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., where we went to an eclipse event, it was cloudy and raining over Charleston, and a friend who lived there reported she saw nothing. But in Hillsboro, we saw it all.
It's not every day an astronomical event coincides with the first day of school.
But for Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School students, Monday's partial eclipse was a chance to view something special together before dismissal.
Pasachoff will be viewing his 66th solar eclipse, the most of anyone ever. He serves as chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Solar Eclipses, and as such is also helping coordinate visitors from China, Japan, Bulgaria, Venezuela and other countries to the U.S. for eclipse observing.
Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to WES on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here in Williamstown, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said.