A fascinating look at various people who witnessed the eclipse.

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THE TOTALITY LASTED no more than two minutes and 41 seconds, which makes the idea of spending hours driving to see it seem a bit foolish. Yet countless people did just that, simply to say they saw the sun go dark.

Photographer Rachel Bujalski joined the pilgrimage, but found herself at least as interested in the crowds as the eclipse that drew everyone together. She photographed more than two dozen sun watchers trekking up the west coast as she made the drive from San Francisco to Mitchell, Oregon, for Monday’s big show. She met all sorts during the trip, from parents toting kids to a couple in their nineties who wanted to see just one more eclipse. The portraits she posted to Instagram convey the excitement everyone felt ahead of the big event. “They’d been planning this for so long and they were just ready to see it,” Bujalski says.

Read Article: https://www.wired.com/story/follow-eclipse-hunters-on-the-pilgrimage-to-totality/

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Why this year’s eclipse is well worth seeing and understanding.

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The sky will go dark. The temperature will drop. Stars will shine in the middle of the day. For the first time in nearly a century, millions of Americans from coast-to-coast will witness a total solar eclipse. Those who have watched the sun suddenly snuff out say it’s an otherworldly feeling. It can be humbling. It can be spiritual. It can change the course of history (SN: 5/13/17, p. 29).

Read Article:  https://www.sciencenews.org/article/2017-solar-eclipse-knowledge

Important information about the August 21st, total solar eclipse.

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The countdown is on for Aug. 21, when a total solar eclipse will arc across the continental United States for the first time in decades.

Here’s everything you need to know about this rare and striking astronomical event that you won’t want to miss.

What is it?

A total solar eclipse is when the moon moves between the sun and Earth, lasting for up to about three hours from beginning to end, according to NASA. The lunar shadow will darken the sky, temperatures will drop and bright stars will appear at a time that is normally broad daylight.

Read Article: http://abcnews.go.com/US/total-solar-eclipse-2017-upcoming-celestial-event/story?id=48859509