The Great American Eclipse
The Great American Eclipse
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.Albert Einstein
Isaac DeWitt
by Isaac DeWitt

I created a line graph that summarizes the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse. I used data to create my graph. I studied it because I thought it was interesting and cool. I went to Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood, South Carolina to collect my data. When I studied the eclipse my mom, dad, little brother, mom's friends, and the public were with me.

The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017

Field Notebook — 1 Field notebook, page 1
Field Notebook — 2 Field notebook, page 2
Field Notebook — 3 Field notebook, page 3

Data Table

Elijah Elijah

My data table has time and temperature between data points. I brought a weather station to the park to read time and temperature. Time was in units of minutes. I started collecting data at 1:17 in the afternoon. I converted my data to time elapsed to make plotting it easier. For example, I made 1:17 into 0. Temperature was in units of degrees Fahrenheit.

Original Data Table Isaac's data table
Formatted Data Table
Post Meridiem Time (minutes) Temperature (°F)
1:17 0 99 .3
1:24 7 102 .0
1:34 17 99 .7
1:44 27 98 .4
1:54 37 96 .3
2:04 47 95 .0
2:14 57 93 .0
2:24 67 90 .9
2:34 77 89 .4
2:44 87 87 .1
2:59 102 84 .7
3:09 112 85 .5
3:18 121 86 .2

Line Plot

Elijah Elijah

My graph (line plot) shows how temperature changes with time during the eclipse. Time was on the X axis (left to right) and temperature was on the Y axis (up and down). When the eclipse started the temperature went down; I think this is because the Moon cast a shadow. On the line plot the temperature went down in a straight line. The temperature went down for about 1:30 because the Moon was covering more and more of the Sun. Right after this was totality. After totality the temperature went up again because the Moon was uncovering the Sun.

Temperature as a function of time Current data point: