Monday, August 21, 2017


"Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet's energy source turn into a gaping black hole."

Sunday Morning
I thought about the imminent solar eclipse while hanging out my front window looking East before sunrise.
Then looking upward
"Remember that we are at the mercy of a cosmic dance indifferent to our inner worlds."

"In that great journey of the stars through space
     About the mighty, all-directing Sun,
     The pallid, faithful Moon, has been the one
Companion of the Earth. Her tender face,
Pale with the swift, keen purpose of that race,
     Which at Time’s natal hour was first begun,
     Shines ever on her lover as they run
And lights his orbit with her silvery smile.

Sometimes such passionate love doth in her rise,
     Down from her beaten path she softly slips,
And with her mantle veils the Sun’s bold eyes,
     Then in the gloaming finds her lover’s lips.
While far and near the men our world call wise
     See only that the Sun is in eclipse."

(by Ella Wheeler Wilcox)

Solar Eclipses In History

From my friend Zeynab Devries in Turkey
Eclipse of March 2006


For most viewers, the Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse will last less than two and half minutes. But for one team of NASA-funded scientists, the eclipse will last over seven minutes. Their secret? Following the shadow of the Moon in two retrofitted WB-57F jet planes. Amir Caspi of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, and his team will use two of NASA's WB-57F research jets to chase the darkness across America on Aug. 21. Taking observations from twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes, Caspi will capture the clearest images of the Sun's outer atmosphere -- the corona. 

Several short Videos worth Viewing + extracts from history worth Reading:

1 comment:

Mo Crow said...

In 1974 I watched a full eclipse of the sun reflected in a dam on the southwest coast of Western Australia, at the height of the eclipse when the sky turned deep indigo and the stars came out a black swan flew up from the dam reflecting the rainbow sunset colours at the edge of the sky in the white under it's wings, it was a most transforming liminal moment in my life but a dumb thing to do that my old eyes are paying for now