With all this hype about the eclipse happening tomorrow, I feel like the uncool kid because I find myself not interested.
I have never been into astrology. I think the stars are pretty and I can find the Big Dipper, but that is about it. I remember when Pluto wasn’t considered a planet and I felt like everything I learned in school was a lie. Then it was reinstated as a planet and I was more confused.
Anything I know about our solar system comes from 4th grade and what I learned watching The Big Bang Theory. When my 7-year-old son asked me what the solar eclipse was, I had to Google.
So what I learned is tomorrow’s sky event is considered a total solar eclipse. The moon will pass between the earth and the sun casting a shadow on the planet. I’m guessing making it look like night for a few minutes?
I can see why this is considered a major event because I guess the last time the whole U.S. could see the total solar eclipse from coast to coast was back in 1918. I bet they thought it was the end of the world. Could you imagine going about your day like normal and then pow…complete darkness not knowing how long it would last?
In 1970 a total solar eclipse hit from Florida to Virginia and was total darkness for over three minutes. Hawaii got to experience a total solar eclipse in 1991, but the U.S. mainland hasn’t seen a total solar eclipse since 1979 where it went from Oregon, Washington state, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota. That was also a good year because that was the year I was born. Chuckle, chuckle.
Tomorrow parts of the U.S. will be at a stand still. I just picture thousands of people standing around outside, wearing those solar glasses (that have become the “Tickle Me Elmo” of today.) looking up at the sky like they are in some trance.
The eclipse is supposed to be seen in my area, Kansas, around 1:10 p.m. My son will be able to see it at school. I signed the permission slip stating if he blows out a retina it is not their responsibility. They are providing the solar glasses, so that’s cool. I will be at work during the eclipse. I might need to set an alarm on my phone to remember it is happening. However, I don’t have a pair of those glasses, so I will probably watch online.
If you happen to miss this eclipse, the next one in the U.S. will be on April 8, 2024. It can be seen from Texas up through the Midwest. It will be a complete blackout almost directly over Indianapolis, Cleveland, Buffalo and up to New England. You might want to go ahead and book your hotel now.
For those of you that are pumped for the solar eclipse tomorrow, right on! I hope you enjoy it to the fullest. May it be the best two or so minutes of your life. I hope there are no clouds in the sky. Just remember to keep your eyes safe.