Solar Eclipse

Cooper says there’s gonna be an eclipse tomorrow.  Cooper an’ Falcon were talkin’ bout it, an’ I kinda listened a bit.  The earth an’ moon an’ sun are gonna line up so one of ’em gets inna way, an’ all we’re gonna see is a lotta shadow.  I think the moon’s gonna get ‘tween sun an’ earth?  It doesn’t happen much where we can see it.  But it’s happenin’ tomorrow ‘cross a lotta the country.  An’ partsa the country are gonna go full black with shadow during the eclipse.  Pip an’ Auntie Glenda are in Salem, waitin’ for it to happen.  They’re gonna see the whole sun get turned dark inna middle of the day.

We’re not supposed to look at the sun, though.  It’d make us blind if we did.  There are special glasses with dark dark lenses that can let you look atta sun, kinda like sunscreen for your eyes.  But we didn’t get those.  The boys were talkin’ bout how to see the eclipse without ’em.  We could watch it onna internet, but that’s not gonna be seein’ it ourselves.  Instead, they wanna build a box for watchin’ the eclipse, sorta like a camera but…not.

They got busy, cuttin’ an shapin’ an’ tapin’ an’ stuff.  I got ’em stuff to work with:  cardboard boxes an’ duct tape an’ scissors an’ things.  Meikiko helped too, cuz she’ll do anything Falcon says.  It’s cute.  Inna li’l bit, they had two boxes built.

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Falcon said the pinhole needed to be a li’l bit bigger, but Cooper was sayin’ it was plenty big.  Meikiko wanna look inna box.  I did too.

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Falcon was talkin’ measurements an’ angles an’ shadows an’ stuff.  None of it made much sense.  He turned the box so Meikiko could peek in, but she said it was all dark.  Somehow the pinhole’s gonna let light inna box, an’ that’ll let us see the eclipse onna back.

I took the other box an’ peeked in.  Full dark.

 

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“How’s it work?” I asked.  “It’s dark inna box.  Is it broken? Where’s the sun?”

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“It won’t work in here, Kestrel.  You need to be out in the sun for the pinhole to show the sun’s light.  We’ll get to see the eclipse as a shadow passing over the sun’s light on the back of the box tomorrow.”

“So nothin’ now?”  I looked back inna box.

Cooper grinned a li’l bit.  “No, nothing now.  We’ll test the boxes tomorrow morning.  The eclipse will start tomorrow after lunch.  It will work better then.  You’ll see.”

So, tomorrow: an eclipse!  Or a shadow.  I think they’re the same thing.

~Kestrel

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