The Eclipse from Salem, Oregon

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This is a picture of the crescent shape reflections of the sun just after the total eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017.  The crescent reflections are shining onto the floor of the trunk of a car with the trunk open.

There was a lot of hype in our area about the solar eclipse, much of which I was brushing off like it was just another event happening that comes and goes.  Now that I’ve experienced a full eclipse, I feel like I’ve had a change of heart.  I can understand why there are eclipse chasers all around the world now.

  Our yard was completely dark for the total eclipse.  It was just over 2 minutes long, and the temperature dropped 4 degrees.  It felt colder.  The birds in our yard were chirping differently, almost as if to say…”Is it dawn?”  Is it dusk?”  “I don’t know what is going on.”   It was a remarkable experience sitting in the dark…waiting to see the sun (with my protective glasses) move around the moon…waiting for everything to become light again.

The next eclipse in the US will be in 2024.  Maybe by then, I will have my little RV, and I will travel to the middle of the country to view the 4 minute long expected eclipse!  I think it would be a great experience to see the next full eclipse in the US. It’s definately  something to look forward to doing.

Hope your week goes well!

~Molly

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