I’m sure you already know, but if not, today is the day of the total solar eclipse. This is the first total solar eclipse to be seen in so much of the continental United States since the eclipse of June 8, 1918. I’m one of the fortunate ones that aren’t driving hundreds for thousands of miles to view it. It will happen right out in my back yard, since I live smack in the middle of the path of totality. It seems like as good a reason as any for me to start writing again and try to revitalize this poor blog that’s suffered from so much neglect in the last few years.
I know I’ve experienced eclipses before, certainly some lunar eclipses and no doubt some partial solar eclipses, but this is the first total solar eclipse for me. Numerous sources are calling it a “once in a lifetime experience” and I am fortunate that I am going to witness it in my lifetime. As I write this, it’s just a few hours until we experience this event here in Columbia, SC, but it’s already started on the west coast. I’m trying to watch some of NASA’s live feeds but there are some problems. If I had to guess, there are bandwidth problems since I’m sure many millions of people are trying to watch the same feeds as I am. I guess I’ll just have to be content with the real thing in a few hours. If things go well, I hope to put up another post in a few hours after the eclipse is over.
One of the things I intended to do several years ago was to start a “Song of the Day” feature on this blog to share some of my favorite music. Not that this song is one of my favorites, but it is a good song and the perfect song to start with today to celebrate the eclipse. This song was a mega-hit for Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler in 1983. Enjoy the video of “Total Eclipse of the Heart.”
And I’m off to prepare for my eclipse experience.