Svalbard Gets Totality

If I remember my geography right, Svalbard has a few thousand people living on its islands. Those inhabitants, plus some astronomical thrill-seekers got to see the year’s main total solar eclipse earlier today.

For Americans, the big one is still a bit more than two years away. And less than seven years after that, citizens of western Kentucky and southeastern Missouri will get their second experience of the moon totally blocking the sun. I’ve been waiting a long time to get my first.

There was this thrilling experience when I lived in Michigan. And when I was a boy, Carly Simon captured the essence of the excitement here. My mom shut the shades and kept my siblings away from the windows where outside, we were getting noticeable darkening at 89% of the sun blocked out. I don’t think I helped when I commented that the sun was nine times safer because the moon was absorbing all the harmful radiation that would damage earthling eyes in our neighborhood.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Svalbard Gets Totality

  1. Liam says:

    I was 9 when we experienced this eclipse on eastern Long Island:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_March_7,_1970. It’s the same saros (139) that will recur in 2024 (the path of totality will be further inland, including Rochester NY).

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