…and the day was covered in darkness.

OK, maybe that title is a little dramatic. But being completely honest we were a little bit skeptical about the importance of the solar eclipse. So, some mocking seemed ok. At the end of the day, we thought, what is the importance of the repetitive fact of our gigantic floating night rock getting in the middle of the even larger gas orb that sends toward the rest of the Universe radiation in form of light and heat?

It was almost time for the eclipse and suddenly we realize; Oh God! This might be the last time in our life that we’re able to see this, this, this… this thing! We went to the internet and because of the lack of special solar glasses, we did a state of the art shoe box solar eclipse projection box.

I mean, our shoe box was better. It was costume made out of an expensive shoe box. Then we went to a local park because we knew that we would find some people to share the experience. Once there we started sharing our eclipse box. Some people brought glasses so we started sharing glasses, my shoebox, and a pathetic cereal box that someone fails to use as an appropriate eclipse projection box. All that sharing was important, in our society we have so much to share but so little intentions of doing so.

But this eclipse thing was not always as cool as nowadays. Some ancient cultures tried to understand why the Sun temporarily vanished from the sky, and they came up with many reasons for what caused a solar eclipse.[1]

In many cultures, the legends surrounding solar eclipses involve mythical figures eating or stealing the Sun. Others interpreted the event as a sign of angry or quarreling gods. Solar eclipses were considered as a sign of angry gods and that it was the beginning of disasters and destruction. [2]

Ironically fear of solar eclipses still exists today. People around the world still believe that eclipses as evil omens that bring death, destruction, and disasters. Another interesting misconception is that solar eclipses can be dangerous to pregnant women and their children. In some cultures, young children and pregnant women are asked to stay indoors during a solar eclipse. Some people in India even fast during the eclipse because they think that the cooked food will become poisonous. [3]

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Now there is much less fear and much more wanderlust in the scientific endeavor of eclipses, the sun, the cosmos, etc. Science and its knowledge seem to be starting to get deep into the conscience of the general population. I feel like people prefer to ask and wonder, instead of fearing and worrying. If you ask me. That is a good working definition of progress.

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To end this entry we would really like you to see a very good video from a great YouTuber. Veritasium did in less than 24 hours a fantastic montage about his experience in the eclipse. It is simply a perfect recollection of the event. He was able to capture all the emotion and energy of the moment.

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Footnotes

Main image - [The image is a total solar eclipse is seen on Monday, August 21, 2017 above Madras, Oregon. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/36548089062/NASA/Aubrey Gemignani]