Image taken with Slooh’s Canary 4 telescope on 2 Jul 19 at 2155 48 sec UTC
A beautiful poem about the Sun and eclipses
Run away with me,
To a place where the things we worry about don’t matter,
Where the sun melts into the sky,
And the birds sing so beautifully we forget the sun never sets.
Stay here with me in the paradise of our own making,
Dancing and play in the sunflower field,
And we can laugh without worrying about the wrinkles around our eyes,
Blinded by the magnificent blooms.
The sun never sets,
So we never have to worry about the night and her stars,
Or wonder if the moon misses the sky,
Wonder if the stars truly do light up the sky,
Where are you stars…
Did the moon take you…?
She can’t. The sun never sets,
Eclipses anything, everything else,
Here we are, trapped in the paradises of a never-ending sun,
Dancing and spinning and laughing until we cry,
Never noticing the stars were hidden behind our eyes…
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On 2 July 2019 between 1915-2050 UTC, there will be an eclipse visible from Chile and Argentina. This time is close to sunset in these countries and the total eclipse will only be seen in a 90-mile corridor.
Best wishes to those who will see it personally.
Howard Nemerov’s During a Solar Eclipse
During a Solar Eclipse
The darkening disk of the moon before the sun
All morning moves, turning our common day
A deep and iris blue, daylight of dream
In which we stand bemused
and looking on Backward
at shadow and reflected light,
While the two great wanderers among the worlds
Enter their transit with our third,
a thing So rare that in his time upon the earth
A man may see,
as I have done, but four,
In childhood two,
a third in youth,
and this In likelihood my last.
We stand bemused
While grass and rock darken,
and stillness grows,
Until the sun and moon slide out of phase
And light returns us to the common life
That is so long to do and so soon done.