The shadow knows


Yesterday, was kind of a blah day around here. Cloudy, cold, windy, and nowhere near as exciting as in Chile and Argentina where they experienced the only total solar eclipse of 2020.

Only total solar eclipse of 2020 thrills spectators in South America

In 2020, that seems so strange but we’re all locked up so wouldn’t see it anyway. <grin> It seems even stranger that there was only one.

It was exciting if you were there, judging from the reaction and reports that you’ll read in the article above. I have a new word that I need to test out with my friend Michelle – obscura – if and when we get together again. Translated from Spanish, it didn’t mean what I thought it might.

It’s not like the concept of an eclipse is foreign to me. I’ve experienced a few, certainly more lunar than solar.

I do recall a solar eclipse that happened when I was in elementary school. It was a big event and one of those deals where every teacher in the school addressed it. It probably was some directive from the board office or the principal.

“Every student needed to be aware of the danger of looking directly at the eclipse.”

My memory

I remember the visuals. Two bristol board balls taped to a stick and the teacher moving one in front of the other to demonstrate what was going to happen. Then, the same thing repeated in front of a light to reinforce the concept and maybe introduce us to the danger of looking directly at it.

I know that it scared the heck out of me at the time but I suspect that I at least peaked. I didn’t go blind but I do wear glasses!

If it hasn’t passed through your news feed, just do a search for “Solar Eclipse 2020” and you’ll have enough imagery and descriptions in there to satisfy your curiosity. As a Program Department friend would often say “There’s a workshop in there somewhere.”

One of the movies really leaped out at me.

So much of the imagery you’ll find is of the sun and the moon looking up (out?) from earth.

But, I thought that this one was particularly noteworthy. It’s looking down at South American showing the moon’s shadow as it moves across. Of course, I knew that it would happen, but it’s spectacular to actually see it.

One of the advantages of blogging is to be able to write about things like this that capture the imagination and have it tucked away in case I ever need it again.

It’s also yet another reminder of how technology makes things so available. My teachers at the time certainly didn’t have access to YouTube – or computers or internet for that matter.

OTR Links 12/16/2020


Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.