According to NASA calculations, most calendar years have two solar eclipses. But unless you're willing to take a boat to the middle of the Arctic Ocean or hang out in the middle of an African jungle, the opportunity to actually witness one is rare.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks you’ve probably heard about the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Krispy Kreme is making special doughnuts, people are paying ridiculous amounts of money for special cardboard sunglasses, and it seems like everyone has caught some sort of eclipse fever.
But why? What makes an eclipse so cool? We decided to talk to some experts on the subject to figure out what exactly all the hype is about. Here are some of their responses:
Ed Roberts, astronomy scholar from Falls Church, Virginia
“It’s a beautiful thing to see, it kind of shows you your place in the universe it shows that there are things out there. It’s an event that in some sense brings everybody together. Everybody's got different views and different ideas, but it’s one thing that happens literally for the entire earth."
"It’s something that’s way outside of ourselves it’s part of the clockwork of the universe as it were and I think people get a feeling about that when they see an eclipse it’s also just being part of something with a lot of people."
Mark Margolis, Owner of Rainbow Symphony
"This is a very special event if you’re in the path of the corona you get to witness something 99 percent of people on the planet have never seen and it’s definitely worth taking a look. It’s a spectacular vision to see."
On seeing a solar eclipse for the first time:
“My first time it was unexpected, what the visual was was completely unexpected, I was overwhelmed with emotion seeing that corona for the first time and I kinda of like things that are beyond my expectations and it was definitely one of those”
"I was so young so it's hard to remember all the details. I remember being on a beach and there were so many people there. I had one of those homemade pinhole cameras. I don't remember the details......but I remember the feeling. The excitement."
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