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Astronomy Teacher Mr. Poccia Experiences 'Total Eclipse' from Oregon

If you had Upper School social studies teacher Daniel Poccia for astronomy, you can probably still recall lugging telescopes out to the Verni Center or athletic field to study the sun and cosmos. During the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, and event that won't happen again for another seven years, Mr. Poccia traveled to the west coast for the view of a lifetime.

"BREATHTAKING" was what Mr. Poccia described from the MADclipse event at the Madras, Ore., airport where the cosmic event could be viewed in totality. Using his Canon 6D with 400mm telephoto lens, Mr. Poccia braved some of the worst traffic he's ever seen to capture some amazing photos of the eclipse.

Notice the small, reddish prominences, typically only seen in hydrogen alpha light, except during a total eclipse. Then there's the "Baily's Beads" that come into view as the totality, which lasts only two minutes, is ending. And of course, the unmistakable Corona, or white halo around the sun.

Despite the incredible photos, Mr. Poccia said "there are no words or pictures that truly reflect the experience."

While the normally two-hour ride back to his hotel in Portland took almost six hours, it was plenty of time for Mr. Poccia to get excited about the next total eclipse in the United States on April 8, 2024.

"Make your plans," Mr. Poccia said.

Source: Photos by Mr. Poccia