Nonprofit group is getting Tehachapi students and staff ready for the eclipse


A nonprofit group is equipping students and staff at Tehachapi High School with solar glasses and telescopes to view the solar eclipse on Monday.

The Arts, Science and Technology Educational Corp. of Tehachapi received a grant for more than $19,000 to purchase 2,200 safe-solar glasses and four telescopes from the Foundation of Carolinas.

"This is an exciting opportunity for a major scientific event that hasn't happened in the U.S. for 99 years," said Thane Lundberg, AST eclipse event coordinator.

Lundberg and volunteers have taken it upon themselves to teach students how to use the telescopes, hopefully opening the universe in a career in science, technology, engineering or math.

"Our goal, our hope, is that kids will be interested in astronomy, because you can do it in your backyard, you can do it at home, it doesn't take years of study to begin the hobby," said Lundberg.

If you are interested in volunteering for the AST group, visit

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