Today I am in Clemson South Carolina for the Total Eclipse. I have seen several partial eclipse but never been in the path of totality. Growing up I was very interested in science and astronomy so always wanted to see day turn to night and then back. Much of the United States will see a partial eclipse and there is a small path of of totality starting in Newport Oregon and traveling east to McClellanville South Carolina today.
I hope you get to experience this solar eclipse or another someday. My granddaughter is a senior at Clemson, so a good time for a visit and see the event. Tomorrow's post will likely be delayed as I will be traveling. Enjoy the video below.
Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart
In a National Geographic article E. C. Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles stated this about the days of eclipse.
If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it's always a disruption of the established order.
People depend on the sun's movement. It is regular, dependable, you can't tamper with it. And then, all of a sudden, Shakespearean tragedy arrives and time is out of joint. The sun and moon do something that they shouldn't be doing. Some see it as a time of terror, while others look at a solar eclipse as part of the natural order that deserves respect, or as a time of reflection and reconciliation.
For the Geeks out there here is a great article on the math involved in calculating the timing of eclipse. A math history lesson. Enjoy
Here's a way of watching the eclipse that's easy to make; Get two pieces of paper and make a pin hole in one sheet. With the sun to your back, hold the paper with the hole above the other sheet.ReplyDelete
Saw Eclipse in San Jose
To add to your 'eclipse lore' I like the part of Mark Twain's novel, "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court". As a new face he was condemned to burn at the stake. He knew that the date of his doom was also the date of an eclipse so he threatened that if he were killed that he would blot out the sun. When the eclipse began he was freed.ReplyDelete