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