Friday, 11 November 2016

The Eclipse in the USA,, safe?

Is it safe to go to the USA for the total solar eclipse next summer?

I am not sure how to respond to this question. It has come in from eclipse chasers located outside the USA and takes on several forms. The recent election, international news about riots, stories about crazy xenophobic harassments, and so on can be found on social media as well as the TV. For those outside the USA it all looks kind of scary.

In my own opinion I don't think anything has really changed. The news and social media has gotten stirred up because of the election (they make a lot of money when an election is going on and love to have you tuned in). Now that the excitement is over and there is an answer to who won, they should return to the normal dribble soon.

That means by August, everything should be back to the normal hustle and bustle that defines life in America. And weather permitting, it won't matter what your politics or religion, the eclipse will be amazing.

A Few Notes of Caution

Okay, so things will be fine. Things will be normal. Which means one should not be stupid in the wrong place. Being stupid in the wrong place will result in trouble, that is normal. The normal travel advisories for visitors should be heeded. Do not leave valuables unattended, be aware of your surroundings, do not violate local laws, avoid political assemblies, - in other words, show some common sense and find a place you can enjoy the eclipse.