24 hours from now, I will be standing at my classroom door ready to put on a smile and meet my new students and their families. We will have so much to talk about, things to share, and questions to ask. One of the many things I am excited to talk to them about is the solar eclipse.
Here in the Belton/Honea Path community, we are in the path of totality. Although the path of the eclipse (amazing) will cross the whole country, we will be perfectly located for maximal viewing. Everyone around here already has their special glasses ready for the heavenly sight. I will be in my backyard with my husband and two daughters. We will lay in the hammock and stare up in to the sky to watch all the actions, with safety eclipse glasses on of course. No need to damage the eyes folks!
Is this really that rare of an event? It depends on your perspective. Eclipses happen every year or two, but they are only usually viewable from places you and I would never be able to go to. For us to be able to see this spectacle in our own backyard is very rare.
I hope that this event brings families together, spending time being amazed at the light show our creator decided to entertain us with. I also hope that there are young children (girls especially) that look up at the visible corona of the sun in the darkness tomorrow afternoon and become inspired. Inspired to learn more about space. Inspired to think of the possiblities of what lies beyond that moon and sun. I wonder how many future rocket scientists will say that they decided on their career when they just happened to find themselves in the path of totality on August 21, 2017. Just something to think about...