Because I know that some news stations may not have carried the exciting news. You know. Like they were living under a rock or something.
And it was crazy. We were all telling each other 'Don't Look at the Sun.' To be sure, that's good advice, but really? Since when do I have to tell my peeps not to look at the sun? You'll burn your retinas I say... I've never said that before, just wanted you to know. I'm not a helicopter mom or anything.
But, truly, what a day! We just had a total eclipse of the sun... well, we didn't have one here in North Texas. It was just a partial eclipse.
The moon only blocked out 75% of the sun's glow. And we sure waited for the moment we'd shiver in the dark... until we realized that the sun has the power of a kazillion mega-watts, even at 25% power! Who knew?
And so, here are the highlights of our exciting day...
Getting Poppy into position with our far-from-sophisticated Solar Pinhole Viewing Contraption...
Good news, he did not look directly at the sun.
Ignore the crude file folder and feast your eyes on that pinpoint dot!
It is a Solar Eclipse happening, for real!
And we didn't burn our retinas... because, we followed NASA's brilliant guidelines and DID NOT LOOK AT THE SUN!
But then I couldn't resist a selfie with the Eclipse...
But we all know my dismal selfie-abilities... thank goodness, my back was to the sun and my trusty phone camera has a flip mode.
(Eyes were never in jeopardy, do not fear)
And that is a picture of the sun at full eclipse in North Texas.... Hmmm....
If I only knew what that little half moon blip was in the lower center of the frame...
maybe Venus? or Jupiter? or the Gorgeous North Star?
The astronomer in me has no idea.
But I do know that in the year 2024, North Texas will be in the path of Totality for the next Big Solar Eclipse! I feel a party coming on...
Join me?!! Yes!
It will be Amazing!!