U-46 Celebrates the 2024 Solar Eclipse

  • #U46Eclipse

    students looking at 2017 eclipse On Monday, April 8, 2024. a total solar eclipse will cross over the United States. A total solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, completely blocking the face of the Sun. In northern Illinois, there will be a partial eclipse. Changes will become noticeable around 12:30 p.m. Central Time with the height of the eclipse occurring at 2:07 pm.

    The Office of K-12 Science & Planetarium is working with U-46 staff to provide opportunities for employees and students to safely view the eclipse. This includes providing special viewing glasses and training on how to appropriately use them.

    On this page, you will find information and a link to safety guidelines and resources for our staff, students, and community members to safely view this awe-inspiring celestial event. 

    Students who want to safely view the eclipse outside with their teacher and classmates on April 8 must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian. The online permission slip was due before 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, although parents who have already signed it can log in to review their submission status. Any questions about the permission slip should be directed to your child's school. 

    U-46 staff and students will be provided with eclipse glasses/viewers so that they can safely view the eclipse. Students whose parents or guardians have filled out the necessary permission slip will receive the eyewear on the morning of April 8 as long as the classroom teacher has completed the safety PD available to them. 


Radio Show

  • #U46Eclipse Radio Interview

    by Alec Barlow Length: 60 minutes

    U-46 Planetarium teachers Peggy Hernandez and Joseph Kellenberger sit down with Alec Barlow, multimedia specialist in the School & Community Relations department, to discuss the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. 

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