Eclipse 2017 -
Awe in Clayton GA - A Memory for a Lifetime
Totally amazing to watch!
The picture taken at mid-point of the eclipse...
Watching through the special glasses (of course) while within our group of families (about 300 adults and children) on a clear and lovely day in the Georgia mountains will remain a highlight of my life.
Imagining what the people of the first or third or fifth centuries might have thought when this truly awe-inspiring event occured passed through my mind as the sky got really dark and the temperature dropped.
Possibly the first Western reference to came from Lucien in 932 BCE
"… a kind of light is visible about the rim which keeps the shadow [of the moon] from being profound and absolute."
If you have an opportunity to see a total eclipse --
I suggest you make plans ahead to go there and see it.
Words cannot describe the sensation of looking up and watching as the shadow slowly spread across the sun until the corona was visible. Then, in a brief snip of time, the movement reversed the image as the moon passed across to the other side. Awe inspiring ...
BTW -- a statistic ---Clayton, GA has a winter population under 20,000 and summer of just over 30,000. An estimated additional 30,000 people attended the event in Clayton, GA on August 21, 2017. (from comments by the Mayor of Clayton)
No wonder the usual 2 ½ hour return trip to Atlanta took over six hours from Clayton today! An additional 5000+ extra people were in Dillard. Then add who knows how many more that were absorbed by the remaining towns near the Georgia epicenter of the total eclipse over Clayton.
A recording device launched by balloon for a Georgia Tech experiment should get more data. It was to be retrieved via a GPS signal when the balloon burst and released the equipment.
Someone else took the photo above. Although often I am the one who is the family event photographer, this time I decided to keep all my focus on the family members with me (eight of us in all) as we experienced the event together.
I left the photos to others this time. So much fun - Murray, Abe, Azzi, Yonah, Anna, Vince, Lucia and me -- nestled together in our chairs and lying on our towels as part of a group of 300 people together on a softball field!
So glad we were all together!
Photo credits: A. (you don't have to give me credit) C. for sun/moon and A.F. for baseball field.
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