I can’t believe I missed the jaw-dropping beauty of the solar eclipse; then I thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong; everyone was talking the life changing event. My cousin was blowing my phone away with text messages with pictures of the eclipse and my Facebook friends posting online Solar Eclipse 2017 Facebook Post. The eclipse surfaced yesterday in North America at approximately at 3 o’clock in the afternoon with other states capturing the moment during the hour span. Our famous newspaper, The New York Times posted a few pictures of the eclipse
How important is the Solar eclipse? According to Roger Schlueter, it’s critical. His article, “Yes, the eclipse is a big deal, This is why” listed in the Answer Man column of Belleville News-Democrat.com (BND).
Q: For the past few weeks I’ve heard everybody yapping eclipse this and eclipse that. The moon passes in front of the sun. Big deal. Tell me, oh great Answer Man, does it make any difference?
A: As a matter of fact, it can, oh dubious party pooper. We’ve come a long way from the days when terrified primitive societies banged drums and shook rattles to scare off the evil monsters that were suddenly devouring the sun at midday. Far from a biblical omen of doomsday (Amos 8:9, among others), this simple yet awe-inspiring alignment of earth, moon, and the sun has produced several discoveries that have helped reshape our scientific knowledge. As early as 500 B.C., the Greek philosopher Anaxagoras used eclipses to conclude that the sun had to be farther away from Earth than the moon, but let me give you two more recent examples. (Schlueter 2017)
Apparently, I missed my chance to see this once in a lifetime of the solar eclipse.
Did you see the solar eclipse? If so share your experience and pass it along to your children and grandchildren