Total Eclipse Of The Heart

It’s the Great American Eclipse…  And I’m ready for this to be over with.

I know, I’m a party pooper on what is easily the biggest event of the Summer.  I think it’s the hype that has gotten out of hand, and the reason I’ve started not to care too much for the event.

By the way, this is not a once in a lifetime event.  Not hardly, unless you look for some specifics.  According to NASA, the last total eclipse in the contiguous United States occurred on Feb. 26, 1979.  If you really want to look for the historical angle, the last total eclipse that crossed the entire continent occurred on June 8, 1918. (99 years ago, so yes that is a once in a lifetime event)  But to me, that is just a detail.  I’m not sure how much I care if somebody in Florida can see the same eclipse I’m watching in Idaho.

You should also note, the next total solar eclipse in the US will happen on August 12th, 2045.  However, if you want to see the event again and are willing to travel, you won’t have to wait too long.  It will happen again in July of 2019 in South America, and every year or two years around the world.  NASA has some really great information on their website:​