It has been 99 years since the last total solar eclipse nakedly revealed its beauty across the continental United States. According to Nasa, the gorgeous phenomenon will pass again on the 21st of August 2017; from Oregon to South Carolina.
A total eclipse occurs once the sun aligns with the moon at a perfect distance relative to the cause of allowing the moon to obscure the sunlight and cast a shadow upon earth. The moon covers the entire disk of the sun. Consequently, in the event of a total eclipse – the day on earth can become almost as dark as night during the time of the alignment.
“A total eclipse is a dance with three partners: the moon, the sun and Earth,” – Richard Vondrak, a NASA lunar scientist from Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said in a statement. “It can only happen when there is an exquisite alignment of the moon and the sun in our sky.” Due to the wondrous minds of humans, 7.4 million people are eager to fit themselves into the 70-mile-wide band over America to watch the moon’s umbra block out the sun for a two-minute window according to solar eclipse education website GreatAmericanEclipse.com. As a result, safety authorities are intensely at work preparing for the gathering.
That raises the question as to where will you be during this stunning event? And curiously upon the minds of many, does the alignment imply a spiritual meaning relative to an individual’s astrological sign? Regardless of spiritual meanings, August 21st will be one magnificent day that does actually indicate one meaning for certain – that existence is beautiful, and the celebration of life can always be observed in spectacles such as these.
Solar Eclipse Myth:
To the Vikings, a solar eclipse meant an animal hunt. Led by wolves, once they captured their prey (the moon and the sun,) they would devour them whole, and thus the shining orbs would disappear from the sky.