If you were expecting information about Monday’s solar eclipse, you will be partially disappointed. I won’t be in the path of totality so I can’t give you 100 percent. You’ll have to settle for 76.
Unfortunately for science geeks and eclipse-chasers, the trivial has eclipsed the awe-inspiring.
I refer to recent and continuing political events. I won’t spend time on those here, except to say that their sound and fury* have grown so loud and distracting that the total eclipse of the sun merits only small mentions. Will things be different on Monday the 21st? I worry what a person who concocts outlandish diversions to distract from slightly less outlandish diversions might plan if he fears being eclipsed by something astronomical.
Here in the San Francisco bay area, we can expect about 76 percent coverage for Monday’s total solar eclipse. I’ve got my eclipse glasses ready.
I wish we had glasses to protect us from the hot mess we seem to be in at the moment. Rose-colored? Nah. We wore those for too long. 3-D? Maybe then we could see the depth and richness of the real world. X-ray? Not sure I want to see the bones behind the pretty skin.
Where will you be on Monday?
Want to think more about the eclipse and less about earthly goings-on? Here are some sites and activities to check out.
- NASA’s Citizen Science
- California Academy of Sciences LIFE RESPONDS app
- An eclipse bunch with make-ahead party food
- Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout
- 25 tips from Astronomy Magazine
- A literary take on the eclipse
Be wary of the sources that pop up when you search YouTube for eclipse information. You’ll find a lot of end-of-the-world predictions mixed in with instructions for how to create a DIY viewer. But if you missed getting free eclipse glasses from your library then the latter will prove useful. I ran around earlier this week and was lucky enough to nab a pair.
*I couldn’t help but hear an echo of the lines from Macbeth in a certain recent comment from a certain politician about fire and fury.
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
//END OBLIQUE POLITICAL COMMENTARY//