Extended Day! THE GREAT AMERICAN ECLIPSE on August 21st
On the afternoon of August 21st the Earth, the Sun and the Moon will line up in space and cause a total solar eclipse. This will be witnessed across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The last time that a total solar eclipse was visible from the United States was in 1979, and the next total eclipse visible from the US will be in 2024.
The path in which the total solar eclipse can be seen is about 70 miles wide, but Atlanta is only 67 miles outside of the path of totality. This means that at ACA we will see a partial eclipse, where 97% of the Sun is blocked. Starting at 1:05 pm it will begin to get darker until the maximum at 2:36pm, after which it will get lighter until the eclipse is over at 4:01pm.
In order to watch this as a school and to keep carpool safe, ACA will dismiss at 3:30pm on Monday, August 21st. Our science faculty will teach about eclipses and eclipse safety in anticipation of this amazing astronomical event. ACA will provide eclipse glasses to all students. Look for more information to be sent home during the first week of school.