If you noticed, there was an eclipse this time last week… A lot of people liked it. I’m trying to control my tone, so as not to over sell the astronomical event too much… but I’m sorry if you missed it because it was one of the most absolutely amazing things I have ever witnessed! There are hardly words to describe it, there is hardly technology available (as of the writing of this), to really capture the experience – or even the visual. We are used to that around here I suppose; knowing that even the best photos and videos ultimately fail at conveying the experience of a multi-day river rafting trip.
Mind you, we are not talking about the experience of looking through special cardboard glasses (at either $2 or $20 dollars a piece, depending on when you bought them). We are talking about totality. We are talking about the 2% difference between 98% coverage and a total 100% coverage of the sun’s light known as totality. It is… it is completely different. A whole new show kicks off once the totality begins. It only lasts for 2 minutes, or less depending on where you are located in the moon shadow, here on Earth. But two minutes of totality was totally worth it.
Anyway, finding myself chasing down the next opportunity to see a total solar eclipse, without chasing around the globe like a complete umbraphile (not that there is anything wrong with that), I found that in a mere 28 years from now, I will once again be graced (here in Utah) with totality.
According to the science and math of people who post these things on the interwebs there will be 100% totality stretching from Salt Lake City to Moab, Utah. That means you can see Utah’s famous Delicate Arch in daylight one minute and a 360° sunset the next. (Oh, great now that’s where everyone is going to be on August 12, 2045). Imagine iconic Utah scenery, or being in a remote canyon somewhere along the river and witnessing what everyone is talking about.
We have stored our 2017 solar eclipse glasses safely in a dark ammo can for sale again in 2045. Buy them early, get your spot now…