BASIS Independent Brooklyn's physics teacher Mr. Winter is a NASA-certified eclipse expert. We asked him to share with our families why he is thrilled about the upcoming eclipse and how people can safely witness the celestial event.
What is a total solar eclipse?
A total solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun so that the Moon's shadow falls on the Earth. By sheer luck, our Moon happens to be 400 times smaller than the Sun, but it also happens to be 400 times closer. As a result, the two objects appear to be almost the exact same size in the sky. During an eclipse, an observer who happens to be standing under the Moon's shadow would see the Sun completely blotted out of the sky. Day becomes night for a few minutes and you can even see stars!
BASIS Independent Brooklyn's physics teacher Mr. Winter has always been a super star to our students and community. Recently, he was invited to participate in a "Cool Jobs" panel at the 10th Annual World Science Festival. The conference reached out to amazing teachers who "make science and math as interesting and engaging as possible to the students they teach."
Yes, we are serious!
Mr. Winter told us that one of the reasons he decided to leave teaching at the university level to teach at BASIS Independent Brooklyn was because of his desire to keep alive the sheer enthusiasm young students have for science. When students got to his college physics classroom, they were often dejected and even turned off by science.
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