Were you able to peak at the rare total eclipse yesterday? Even though total eclipses occur every year or two, a very small percentage of the world population has ever been in the path of totality. What made the 2017 eclipse unique was that the path of totality traversed the United States from Oregon to South Carolina.
I headed to the Chabot Space and Science Center in the Oakland hills. By the time I got there, the cars leading up to the insanely-packed parking lot had slowed to a snail’s pace. I thought for sure I was going to miss it. One-by-one, cars pulled over and started parking on the side of the road. I did the same and hiked up to the Center just in time!
I’m really glad I got to experience the eclipse with my community, with everyone cheering and howling at the moon! Also, I don’t think I would have known where to look if scientists and volunteers weren’t pointing me in the right direction!
It cracks me up how everyone was making fun of Trump looking up at the sky. Doh! So did I. And look at the crowd above. We all were! You don’t see a single person wearing eclipse glasses. Haha!
I checked to see whether I damaged my eyes with this handy tool. Hooray, I’m not blind.
Finally, here’s a great video of an astronomer on Alaska Airlines capturing the eclipse. Apparently, a group of astronomers got the airline to delay the flight for the best view and the best commentary ever. OMIGOD!