Solar eclipse: Kids explain the science behind it

Published: Aug. 15, 2017 at 3:20 PM CDT
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Some kids we talked to last week at the Science and Discovery Center of Northwest Florida said they are excited about the upcoming solar eclipse. Weather permitting, Northwest Florida residents will see it.

"It's my first solar eclipse," Owen Gyndon said.

So what causes it? The kids accurately explained it to us.

"Basically the moon [is] right in front of the sun so you can't really see that much of the sun," Jack Putre said.

"The moon goes in front of the sun, and you can see just the chip of some of the sun around the moon," Gillian Carr said.

But don't look directly at the sun even though it may be tempting.

"Well the solar eclipse, if you look directly at it, it can literally make you blind," Putre explained.

"You can't look at it without solar eclipse glasses," Kyler Golden said.

During the peak of the eclipse in the early afternoon, the moon will partially block the sun, which will create an eerie look.

"It makes everything dusk," Golden explained.

"It's night in the middle of the day," Gyndon added.

While it won't be nearly as exciting for us as it'll be further north in the path of totality, kids like Ryan Jones are looking forward to it.

"I believe people will probably be pretty excited about it and very intrigued about what's happening outside," he said.

Stay tuned to WJHG/WECP for more information about the eclipse.

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