One More Month!
It seems we have been waiting a lifetime for this moment. I know I had. In thirty more days, the moon will cover the sun. Yes, indeed! A total solar eclipse. I cannot be any more excited for it. Total solar eclipses seems like something that happens elsewhere in the planet, usually in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean. However, it is happening. Soon. Here in the USA. Unbelievable.
I’d never seen one in my lifetime. Not ever. I saw a lunar eclipse once in Puerto Rico (where the moon shows all his phases at once) but never a solar eclipse. To actually watch the skies darken and daylight become night for a short period seems like science fiction or magic to me despite being a common occurrence. The earth experiences several solar and lunar eclipses yearly. Just never here in the continental USA. Hence, this is a big deal.
Are You Ready?
Back when I listed the top reasons 2017 will be awesome, the total solar eclipse made the list at number one. There may be plenty of things for 2017 to be unforgettable but they can’t compete with Mother Nature and the wonders of space. After all our scientific advances and new planetary discoveries, the universe still has the power to inspire and astonish us. Solar eclipses, despite their frequency and normality, are one of the most breathtaking astronomical spectacles. They have fascinated humanity since ancient times.
Are you ready to watch the moon’s umbra cover the sun? After all, August 21st is only a month away. NASA has prepared an incredibly informative and helpful webpage (click here). Just remember, never look directly at the sun, even during an eclipse. There are ways to circumvent this. If you use a telescope or binoculars, make sure to put a solar filter before watching it.
Don’t Miss this Opportunity
The eclipse will not happen in Philadelphia. It will run in a curve from Oregon to South Carolina. If you live in the path of the eclipse or driving distance, you cannot miss this unique opportunity. Or watch it on television, but trust me, it won’t be the same.
Eclipses, whether solar or lunar, are astronomical events that humbly remind us of our place in the Universe. They are reminders of the wonders of space and how our planet fits in the cosmos. Also, for those few who believe the Earth is flat (what? some idiots still believe that?) what more proof than the shadow of the Earth during a lunar eclipse.
I love stargazing. Who doesn’t love stargazing in a clear night. Sometimes we forget (despite the title of a popular young adult novel) that the sun is also a star. I cannot wait when the moon, our faithful satellite, covers our star and everything goes dark. Prepare to be amaze. And inspire as well.
Are you excited about the solar eclipse? Are you ready? Will you be watching live? Share in the comments section.