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Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Over 400 Raiders came together on April 8, 2024, for science experiments, snacks, fellowship, and fun at the Solar Eclipse Watch Party. The party was coordinated by the CCHS Science Department on the Spicket River Greenway adjacent to the Central Catholic Campus.

Photo Album: Solar Eclipse Watch Party

Monday, April 8, 2024 - Spicket River Greenway

Click here to view and download photos on SmugMug.

A special thank you to the Science Department and in particular, faculty members Mr. Robert Benedetto '89 and Mr. Troy Gabriele, who worked with 20 students who were organized into Experiments & Logistics Teams for the Watch Party.

Lawn games were provided by Central Catholic's Intramural Sports League.

The CCHS Science Department surveyed students on their attitudes and understanding of the Solar Eclipse and offered them different lessons that would enable them to better understand the sun-earth-moon system.

Students and teachers using a spectrophotometer


  • measured the intensities of different visible wavelengths of light using a spectrophotometer,
  • measured the atmospheric temperature using a temperature probe,
  • observed the biological behaviors of crickets before, during and after the eclipse,

And will be...

  • measuring the orbital speed of the moon based on their timed, observable data.


Time Lapse of Solar Eclipse at Watch Party

Thank you to Hieu-Shawn Phan '24, who captured and edited the above footage!

Composite Photo of Solar Eclipse

Composite photo of eclipse

Composite of photos taken during the Solar Eclipse Watch Party: Hieu-Shawn Phan '24 (pictured in photo below)

Student taking photos
Group of students taking in the eclipse
Two people looking at eclipse
Two students looking up at eclipse