AUGUST 21ST – TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE in central USA

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[size=5]Awesome 13 page PDF write up — sharing what the TOTAL version is like as referenced in Space Weather site below 8) 8) 8)

http://www.spaceweather.com/

http://theessayexperiencefall2013.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/files/2013/12/total-eclipse_annie-dillard.pdf

Is it really worth the trip to the path of totality when you can see most of the sun covered from the comfort of your own home? Pulitzer prize winner Annie Dillard witnessed both types of eclipse in 1979, and her comparison might help you make up your mind: “A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane.” [/size]

The second before the sun went out we saw a wall of
dark shadow come speeding at us. We no sooner saw it
than it was upon us, like thunder. It roared up the valley. It
slammed our hill and knocked us out. It was the monstrous
swift shadow cone of the moon. I have since read that this
wave of shadow moves 1,800 miles an hour. Language can
give no sense of this sort of speed – 1,800 miles an hour. It
was 195 miles wide. No end was in sight – you saw only
the edge. It rolled at you across the land at 1,800 miles an
hour, hauling darkness like plague behind it. Seeing it, and
knowing it was coming straight for you, was like feeling a
slug of anesthetic shoot up your arm. If you think very fast,
you may have time to think, “Soon it will hit my brain.” You
can feel the deadness race up your arm; you can feel the
appalling, inhuman speed of your own blood. We saw the
wall of shadow coming, and screamed before it hit.