The Great American Eclipse occurred on August 21, 2017 at 10:15am PST. A partial eclipse was visible in all of North America, however the total eclipse consisted of a thin span of no more than 70 miles in width from Charleston, South Carolina to Lincoln City, Oregon. The longest duration was around Carbondale, Illinois where it lasted 2min, 42secs. Here in Willamette Valley of Oregon, the center of the eclipse lasted about two minutes, however I was more on the southern tier of it near the small town of Peoria, so I was allotted a short 1min, 24secs to pull this shot off. An incredible sight, particularly seeing how narrow the corona was around the moon, to which this panorama could never compare to. The lighting on the horizons was also awe-inspiring. As soon as 1% of the sun poked back into view, it became bright as day again. I thought it was going to be packed in this area, & there was much advertising for the event over by Madras, Oregon to which I hear was in fact vehicle overload. I figured this region was better suited, plus there was a lot of backcountry roads to take that could bypass the freeways - coming from the south we were already getting backed up north of Eugene, mainly 85-90% of the license plates were from California. We found this small pulloff where cars had crowded up & there were three spaces left, to which we had about two hours to sit & relax as the partial eclipse began around 9:06am & led up to this one-in-a-lifetime moment as our group & other distant parties all cheered, two kids near me were playing around & also checking out the astronomical marvel. A few minutes before, a plane had actually done a 270 degree turn in the sky above us, going from the south to the east facing the eclipse, which you can see the faint contrails - might have actually been NASA. The last time an eclipse occurred exclusively across what is now American soil was on June 13, 1257.
Welcome to Earth! It's a planet having an iron core, with two-thirds of its surface covered by water. Earth orbits a local star called the Sun, the light of which generates the food supply for all the millions of species of life on earth. The dominant species on Earth is the human being, and you're one of the six billion of them! Humans have iron in their blood, and their bodies are composed of two-thirds water, just like the planet they live on. The physical composition of the Earth, its people and everything on it contains an electro-magnetic field which is not yet fully understood. Theories and legends about the origin of Earth, people and life itself abound, however they are not commonly discussed. The bulk of earth's people spend their time immersed in daily activities, leaving the big questions for later. "Who are we? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How will we get there?" Many religions and philosophies have attempted to answer these questions over the years, but so far none has given an answer that everyone on the planet can accept. In contrast to all the disagreement, the similarities among people on earth are far, far greater than any differences. Welcome again to Earth! Enjoy your stay, and try to stay calm.