The rare '17 Solar Eclipse

via National Geographic

via National Geographic

A rarity indeed.

The total Solar Eclipse of 2017, some called it a humbling moment when the moon blocked out the sun and I imagine it was. People around the world traveled to catch a glimpse of the magical event... and I missed it.

It was in the blink of an eye that as I stood outside within a flock of people, I turned away for a moment to accidentally miss an epic event that has taken nearly a century to traverse the entire continental U.S.

Alas, cosmic moments like these are what I live for. I plan to journal these events and who knows? Maybe one day, someone will be curious enough to read the recollection of the life of a simple girl in San Francisco.

The Science

“When the moon blocks out the sun during a total eclipse, those regions of Earth that are in the direct path of totality become dark as night for almost three minutes,” said Steve Clarke, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. “This will be one of the best-observed eclipses to date, and we plan to take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn as much as we can about the sun and its effects on Earth.”

Beyond providing a brilliant sight in the daytime sky, total solar eclipses provide a rare chance for scientists to collect data only available during eclipses. NASA is funding 11 scientific studies that will take advantage of this opportunity.  

The following 11 scientific studies will be in studying the Sun-Earth connection, studying the sun and also studying the Earth under uncommon conditions. The sudden blocking of the sun during an eclipse reduces the light and temperature on the ground, and these quick-changing conditions can affect weather, vegetation and animal behavior. We shall see the results...

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#notmypresident

Also throwing in this funny picture of the President of America, Donald Trump, who looked at the solar eclipse with his naked eye even though there was a advice against looking at the solar eclipse due to serious eye damage as a result. He said its "not that bright". 

Wise, indeed.

Wise, indeed.

 

 

Karla Novelo