Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse Memories 2017

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Today was one of those days I think our children will remember forever, as well as millions of others!  I know I will!  We spent the day observing the August 21, 2017, much anticipated solar eclipse with friends.  My husband observed the skies from his work and my oldest daughter started her new job at a local grocery store so unfortunately she was unable to get outside to witness the event.  :(

Here are some of the memories of our day....

Before my oldest daughter went to work we took some photos outside with my kids' t-shirts they made last week.  My 4 year old was not very cooperative with the photo session, as you can see.  :)

It was a busy day so we didn't make the cookies I blogged about recently.  Rather my kids munched on mini Moon Pies all day. :)  They also munched on these unofficial solar eclipse snacks.  I NEVER buy soda, so this 2 Liter Sun Drop was a treat, though it did hurt to buy it.  ;-)  And I used the "Moon" filter on Instagram for the black/white effect.

Our area observed 96% moon coverage with peak time at 2:48PM and at 1:00PM there was just a little sliver of the moon taking a "bite" out of the sun.  I have many photos on my blog's Facebook page that I posted throughout the day.  Here are photos at the beginning as my children and a few friends looked up with their glasses.  It was amazing to see the orange sun shaped like a crescent moon because of the moon.  My kids and I were saying "How cool!" a lot!

Here are some photos my son and I took. As the moon gradually covered the sun at peak, we started to hear crickets and it did get cooler.  However, even at 96% coverage, the day was still relatively bright and sunny, which goes to show just how powerful the sun's light is!   It was so neat to see the tree leaves act as "pinhole cameras" during the solar eclipse.  This is a photo of the shadows of leaves on our driveway.

It was an amazing and memorable day enjoyed by all!

O LORD, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!
I will sing of your majesty above the heavens

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place—

O LORD, our Lord,
how awesome is your name through all the earth!

Psalms 8: 2,4,10

Will you be making plans to see the next total solar eclipse in 2024?  Here are the best cities to do that!  And you can start planning for solar eclipse 2024.

What was your solar eclipse experience like?   Would love to hear in the comments!

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