It’s being called the Great American Eclipse because for the first time in 99 years – the path of a total solar eclipse traverses the U.S., 14 states in all. The areas of totality are indicated on the map.
Here in South Florida, we’ll have 81 percent totality, enough so that the afternoon will turn to twilight. I just received our eclipse glasses on Friday. After a frantic hunt locally – sorry, sold out; sorry, sold out – I ordered them online, through a NASA approved site. They were sold in packets of 5 and because I ordered them so late, I paid an additional $15 for expedited shipping. So, 30 bucks for five pairs of glasses. Not too bad. We gave three pairs away, and tomorrow afternoon around 1:25, Rob and I will be in our backyard to watch it unfold.
The time of greatest darkness here will be shortly before 3 p.m. We’re considering going to our dog park to watch some of this because the area is wide open and we’re curious about how animals may behave. Not the dogs, but the wild critters – birds, squirrels, insects.
Here is NASA’s site on the eclipse. For the astrological perspective, check out Susan Miller’s site. And then get out there at some popint and if you don’t have glasses, do the old grade school science thing – pinhole in a piece of paper, place another piece of paper under it, and watch the progressive shading as the moon eclipses the sun. Better yet, borrow someone’s glasses!