I didn’t think I would, but I did get a little caught up in the eclipse hoopla.
I started watching TV around 1:00, and then got hooked in to watching all of the different viewing parties taking place across the U.S. It was impressive watching the moon cross in front of the sun as it moved across the country at 1,500 miles per hour, turning day into night.
One of our neighbors (thank you Carole!) had the special eclipse glasses, and was kind enough to share them with those of who had gathered outside to watch the eclipse as it passed over the Philly sky at 2:44. (And thank you to Betsey for her home made viewer!)
To think that there were 40 million people across the U.S. doing the same thing brought a great sense of community and unity.
I did feel bad for those who had traveled great distances so they could view “totality” at certain spots, only to have clouds block the eclipse. The disappointment on the faces of the meteorologists and astronomers at those sites was particularly heart-wrenching.
So to offer some solace to those individuals, here’s a bit of eclipse humor I came across. I take no credit for these, and offer no apologies…
How does the man in the moon cut his hair?
How do you organize a solar eclipse party?
What do you call it when you fall in love on Aug. 21, 2017?
A total eclipse of the heart.
What do you call road-tripping to the eclipse?
Going where the sun don’t shine.
And a couple tweets:
You guys heard any good solar eclipse jokes? I hate all the ones I wrote, so I blacked them all out. #solareclipsejokes
— TF (@TrevorFortin) August 20, 2017
If you don’t believe #NASA scientists about climate change, then you’re allowed to look at the eclipse without special glasses.
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) August 21, 2017
Given how fun and interesting today was, I must admit I am looking forward to the next total eclipse in parts of the U.S. in 2024, and then again in 2045.
I’ll do a little bit of planning for next time around, but I wonder how many people have already tried to book a hotel room in the cities along the path of totality in 2024 and 2045:
And how could I not close with this song:
and this great photo: