27 years ago as a young boy, I remember seeing my first solar eclipse at the Buehler Planetarium at Broward College in Davie, Fl. At the time I can remember thinking, what’s the big deal? Why are my parents dragging me to this open field on a college campus in 100 degree heat to watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun? I would much rather be playing or swimming or doing anything else except looking in the sky with these weird, ugly glasses on.
Fast forward to this past Monday, August 21st and I find myself standing outside, wearing those same ugly glasses, in complete awe of what I am witnessing. I understand now why my parents made such a big deal about it all those years ago. It is an experience I will never forget. Now being a parent of 2 small children, I can’t help but think to myself that I cannot wait for the next solar eclipse so that they can witness this truly amazing celestial event.
This eclipse was called “The Great American Eclipse” because it was the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in nearly 100 years. The eclipse followed a 67-mile-wide path across the United States and millions of Americans witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event as the Moon passed between the Earth and the Sun and day turned to night for up to almost three minutes. The next coast-to-coast total solar eclipse will be August 12, 2045 and will travel on a course starting in northern California and exiting the United States in central Florida. There is also another pretty great eclipse occurring on April 8, 2024 being called “The Great North American Eclipse.” It will cut a path from Mexico to Texas to Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada.
Make sure you don’t miss the next total solar eclipse, it’s a must see event and make sure to get your kids outside looking skyward. It is a great big universe out there and you never know what you will see. They will appreciate you making them wear those funny looking glasses and one day they will thank you for it.
Listed below are a few great websites for information on this eclipse and future eclipses.
- NASA Eclipse 2017
- 2017 Solar Eclipse Recap
- List of solar eclipses in the 21st century
- NASA Eclipse Website
Photo Credits: Top Image: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani – Middle Image: NASA/Rami Daud – 2nd Image From Bottom: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory – Bottom Image: Hinode Internaational Solar Observation Satellite