The Funny Thing about Solar Eclipses

I took time off and traveled to Missouri with my wife and dog Brandi to witness the Great Eclipse of 2017, which we also watched with my stepson Chris. I’ve posted pictures of this event. Here are some more.

What you might not know is the difference between a solar eclipse, lunar eclipse and apocalypse.

That being said, during the partial eclipse phase I mentioned to Chris what I had read on the Internet. According to sources, light filtered through gaps in a tree’s leaves project the actual eclipse.

We tested this theory and came up with this, confirming it’s true. Take a look.


Millions of Pictures of the Great Eclipse of 2017 Better than Mine, but Mine are Mine!

That being said, I took my own amatuer photos of the total eclipse as see from the St. Louise area. I capture the corona and some interesting (but not understood by me) pink coloration around the edges of the totally eclipsed sun.

It was an experience of a lifetime.

Now that the 2017 Eclipse is over, look what I saw from my camera


I do not know why the corona had flashes of pink. Were these corona ejections perhaps? The corona was easy to capture during the total eclipse phase.


In Place at Ground Zero

We’re here. Ground zero. The sky will go dark.

But will a cloud cover the eclipse?

The latest forecast ranges from “partly cloudy” to “partly sunny”. Even if all the sky were clear but one cloud, and that cloud covered the eclipse for that brief time, it would still be a disappointment that could not be resolved.

99 Years Eclipse

A total eclipse happens somewhere on Earth about every 18 months.

However, the last time a total eclipse traversed the entire continental United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago.

It’s called the Great Eclipse because of it’s accessibility. About 14 million people live in the path of totality as it traverses the United States on August 21st. People are flying in from all over the world from scientists to eclipse enthusiasts to just plain curious folk.

It’s also thought it will cause some of the worst traffic conditions ever. They are saying arrive early and leave late after the eclipse.


Twenty Days

Twenty days until the eclipse. Here in Amarillo it will hardly be noticeable unless you are looking for it (but don’t look at it directly without approved eye protection or you could go blind).

North of here there will be a total solar eclipse, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the world will get dark.