By Savannah Smith   |  08-22-2017   News
Photo credit: Solarseven | Dreamstime.com

A group of students got particularly lucky for being at the “right school” at the right time during the eclipse as they got an usually clear, close-up view of the rare event.

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Students at Kennesaw Mountain High School were lucky enough to be in the school in Georgia with an observatory on campus. They considered the eclipse on Monday as comparable to the Olympics.

A senior student Michy Ramos dreams of being an astronaut and is obsessed with all things about space that she regards the chance to see the solar eclipse up close a huge deal. Ramos shared witnessing the eclipse at such seemingly close range is such a happy experience that drove her to tears.

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Ramos also happens to be the president of their Stars club, and she got the opportunity to watch the eclipse at the school’s observatory.The small viewing building was given as a donation to the school and proudly houses a majorly powerful telescope.

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Ramos and other students did not have to use solar glasses, and through the telescope could appreciate viewing the eclipse the size of a softball.

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The school in Georgia is at 97% totality and Ramos raves that it feels like the event is happening in their own “backyard” while others from all over the country had tor travel for miles and miles just to get a good view of the eclipse. Ramos described the opportunity as “insane.”

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Only four students can fit inside the observatory so students take turns throughout the totality of the eclipse to ensure everyone gets a chance to get the rare view. Others settled on the football field with their special glasses for the event.

Source:

http://www.11alive.com/news/eclipse/this-georgia-school-got-a-close-up-view-of-the-eclipse/466109887

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