The moon, which usually reflects the sun, decided it was going to make a statement and just move in front of the sun. How cool is that?
Besides the fact that space is astounding, I like how everyone watched this once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon in their own way.
Some people hosted parties or attended local events, but I just went over to my friend’s house where we set up a tent in the front yard to watch the whole thing go down. It was definitely a typical Missouri summer day--hot and humid--but being inside the tent wasn’t too unbearably stifling because we left the roof part off. Also, it would have been really difficult to see the eclipse happen if the tent had been covered. We were thinking ahead.
As totality approached, I vividly remember how strange everything around me looked, almost as if I were inside an underexposed photograph. When I stepped out of the tent, my brain did not know how to process the unnatural lack of light, but I appreciated the unique way my surroundings looked like pre-digital era pictures.
My absolute favorite part of the eclipse was during totality when the sun backlit the moon’s atmosphere. The contrast of the white wisps and the moon’s black silhouette was straight-up breathtaking to me. I stood in the yard with a smile on my face just staring up at it, that’s how awestruck I was.
In all honesty, I can’t say the experience was life-changing, but it was certainly something I will never forget. My kids and grandkids might ask me what it was like one day, and I will tell them this: “You had to be there.”
Catch ya later,