The Solar Eclipse that was “Totality Awesome”
If you live in the United States, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz and hype around the solar eclipse happening in the US and the route of totality where the moon will completely cover the sun to create a corona of the sun. In Oregon, especially, we’ve heard a lot of hype around totality, and were told to prepare for the worst of conditions–from a 12-hour drive to Salem from Portland, to gas stations running out of gas, we heard it all. It was almost like Y2K was happening all over again.
My friend Molly invited a group of us to her parents’ house in Keizer, Oregon for an eclipse viewing party since Keizer is in the path of totality. We weren’t sure if we’d have to bail on our plans last minute, but thankfully, many people heeded the warnings and didn’t cause much traffic for us.
Thanks to NASA, you can see the path of totality in the video below. This animation closely follows the Moon’s umbra shadow as it passes over the United States during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Through the use of a number of NASA datasets, notably the global elevation maps from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the shape and location of the shadow is depicted with unprecedented accuracy.
We walked outside a little after 9am, threw on our special eclipse glasses, and saw the moon cover a fraction of the sun. That was pretty cool, but we had work to do and breakfast to eat. We wandered in and out of the house to see the slow movement of the moon, and as 10am approached, the city started getting quieter. We saw the eclipse create crescent shadows on the patio.
It was dark–really dusky–almost as if it were nighttime. The dogs started lying down as if it were time to go to sleep.
There you have it–total solar eclipses are cool, and totality worth the hype. Need more proof? Here’s our puppy version of the eclipse:
If you are looking to get rid of your glasses, here’s what you can do with them:
Photos are a courtesy of my friends Coral, Peter, and myself.