What can be said about the great American total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, that hasn’t already been voiced all over the internet, television and printed media? This spectacular astronomical phenomenon, visible across the entire nation, from coast to coast, was indeed all it was forecast to be. Jane and I traveled from San Diego to Rexburg, Idaho, to be in the middle of the “totality” experience. The accolades expressed by the pundits from NASA, the Science Channel, and NOAA for this unique interaction between the sun, moon and earth were confirmed by us for the two minutes that we observed the magic of the sun’s corona erupting into space. Being awash in the darkness and chill of a total solar eclipse, while captivated by the dancing light of the sun’s coronal flares discharging from behind the moon into the atmosphere, was an exhilarating and exciting event.
Astronomers predict another solar eclipse will travel through the middle of the country, from south to north, in 2024. Who knows, perhaps we will travel to Texas to catch that one also.