Just couldn’t resist on Eclipse Day…
Today, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years.
The sight of the moon’s shadow passing directly in front of the sun, blotting out all but the halo-like solar corona, may draw the largest live audience for a celestial event in human history. When those watching via broadcast and online media are factored into the mix, the spectacle will likely smash records.
Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk.
The focal point of Eclipse Mania is the town of Madras, population 6,200. This weekend the town expects roughly 100,000 visitors. This place is just about perfectly situated on the centerline of the path of totality, and most importantly, it’s climatologically gifted in late August, having a lower probability of cloud cover than any other place in America along the eclipse’s path.
Not in Madras how about a ship? Royal Caribbean does it right…
If you really wanted to witness the Eclipse in style, you’d be aboard Royal Caribbean International’s “Total Eclipse Cruise” while the moon sails over the sun. They are planning one primo experience for all guests, with Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler giving a live performance of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on deck while the ship sails through the path of totality.
So in honor of the Total Eclipse how about a little Bonnie Tyler and her Total Eclipse of the Heart?
Enjoy the Eclipse & Cheers!
Chris Edwards Napa 2017