Has anyone made special plans, travel, or other activities to watch today’s total solar eclipse? I wasn’t able to make a trip to the path of totality, so we’ll have a partial eclipse here, but the weather is expected to be cloudy. So likely little eclipse action for me.
One of the formative memories I have from childhood is watching a total lunar eclipse while van-camping with my dad. Likewise, we got our son out in the driveway for a lunar eclipse a few years back. And when I was in high school, I saw some of a solar eclipse with a pinhole viewer. A bunch of friends of mine are right in the path today (and have gone on road trip adventures to get there) and I sort of wish I had figured out how to go and do it.
How to Stay Sane During a Solar Eclipse by Helen MacDonald is a really wonderful essay on this personal and collective phenomenon.
(Remember, gang, don’t look at the sun if you’re not properly prepared with for-real eclipse glasses!)