The Great American Eclipse

By Alley Morris / Times-News correspondent

The Aug. 21 solar eclipse was outstanding to watch, and it provided an amazing opportunity to witness one of many examples of God’s splendor.

The last solar eclipse that was visible from coast to coast in the United States occurred almost 100 years ago on June 8, 1918.

At the point of totality in Columbia, S.C., you could hear crickets as the moon covered the sun.

Jupiter was seen during the total eclipse.

“I felt scared; then, when it wasn’t as dark, I felt relieved,” said Brittney Whitfield of Columbia.

In Alamance County, there was approximately 93 percent coverage of the sun.

B. Brown of Burlington was one of many county residents who viewed the eclipse.

“I was amazed at the glow behind the moon and the solar ring around the moon,” Brown said.

Laci Warren of Burlington also was impressed.

“It was amazing because it was really a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me,” Warren said.

Shana Wall of Graham also was happy to see it.

“I honestly didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “I didn’t realize how awesome it would be to see the moon passing the sun.”

The next total eclipse to pass through the United States will occur on April 8, 2024.

The amazing sights viewed by millions during the eclipse will be remembered for years to come.

Alley Morris is an eighth-grade homeschooler and a Teens & 20s correspondent.

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