San Pasqual High School freshman Justin Hernandez put on a pair of cardboard glasses Monday morning, gazed at the sky and jumped back in surprise.
“Whoa, it looks cool,” he exclaimed. “It’s so scary, though. It’s wild!”
Hernandez, 14, joined scores of his classmates on the school quad to view the solar eclipse through an array of instruments that offered a safe view of the rare astronomical event.
Becky McKinney, a science teacher on special assignment for Escondido Union High School District, brought protective glasses, handmade pinhole cameras, and a stack of index cards for pinhole viewers, to a campus viewing party that was part festival, part science lesson.
“I’m super excited that they are going to show you how to do the pinhole viewer,” said junior, Sara Heideman, 16, who wore a NASA shirt in celebration. “I’ve always been interested in astronomy. It’s kind of my hobby.”