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2017-8-22: The Spectacular Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 ⬅︎
It has been said that a total solar eclipse is the most spectacular celestial event that one can witness. We traveled to Oregon for the August 21st eclipse to find out for ourselves.

With perfect weather, we began our watch shortly after sunrise. By about 9am, the moon clearly began to cover the disk of the sun. By 10am the sky was noticeably darker and cooler as over 90% of the sun was covered. The appearance of our surroundings became strange and surreal.

But at 10:17, as the moon fully covered the sun's disk, everything changed. In an instant, the sky became nearly as dark as night. Where the sun had been there was now a pure black orb, one surrounded by huge, flowing wisps of gases of the sun's outer atmosphere, the corona.

For the next 103 seconds, we stood mesmerized by something we had never before witnessed. We gasped, cried, and cheered.

Although we were close to fifty in number, when totality ended I think none of us could find adequate words to describe what we all had seen and felt. So everyone present simply began to applaud and then exchange hugs.

It just may be true that a total solar eclipse is the most spectacular celestial event one can witness. What is certain is that this one left all of us wondering when and where we could experience another.

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Photo credit: Braden Henricksen/Starry Hill, Takahashi TOA 130 and Canon 6d, 8/21/2017