History Repeats: 2017’s Solar Eclipse

 

We remember it very well…

We were in a little canteen on the warm sandy beach of San Blas, Mexico, relaxing and waiting. It was why the six of us had come to Mexico. We watched it’s progress, as sunspots created by the thatched roof, marched cross our table, in spots that slowly morphed into crescents. We could hear French, German, and Russian, as more people collected on the beach. Then, it happened. The Brown Pelicans flew in from the ocean, as it grew increasingly dusky. Plus it was only 1:30 pm in the afternoon and it was dark, like the middle of the night! Totality! For almost 7 minutes. That’s long for a total eclipse! Then, crescents that morphed slowly into spots began to march across the table. As the skies grew lighter, we could hear a rooster crow!

That was the summer of 1991. It is a memory that has stayed with each of us vividly through all these years.

And now, we can show our children. I hope the memory stays with them, the way the memory of the San Blas stays with me. You see, on August 21st, there will be a total eclipse. The path of totality stretches from Oregon to South Carolina, and totality will last over two minutes. This website gives really good maps showing the path of totality. The closer to the blue line you are, the longer totality will last.

We hope you get the chance to observe the eclipse. There aren’t many total eclipses in our lifetimes, and they are not always in convenient places. So, if you can make it happen, you should experience this total eclipse, and make a memory that may just last a lifetime.  Remember to be safe.  Purchase mylar glasses to help protect your eyes, or use a pinhole and the sunspot it throws to follow the eclipse. Looking directly at the sun can cause permanent damage to your eyes. Check out this link, for safe viewing information. And remember, a telescope, binoculars, or camera will not protect your eyes (unless you have purchased, and are using a special filter designed for this purpose.)

History Repeats: 2017’s Solar Eclipse

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