Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Almost 2017

It has been a long time coming! When the 1970 TSE skimmed along the Eastern coast of the USA a small group went from the local astronomy club. They achieved success and the report they gave inspired my own family to make plans to see one.

Ted Pedas (talking) talking with my mother in 1972

We went, in 1972 and again in 1973, traveling with Ted Pedas and his Voyage to Darkness crew. It was, in a nutshell, a lot of fun, a grand experience, educational, and worth doing again. But not worth skipping school it turned out. In 1979 I did not go as I was in college and going would have interrupted school at a critical time. And that was the last time a total solar eclipse fell across the continental USA.
USA 2017 Eclipse Path -

The next one would not be until 2017 - and that is almost here!

I have been to numerous other total solar eclipses, 16 in fact. They really are something worth seeing again and again. My wife and kids have come along and enjoyed the experience too. We are a family of eclipse chasers!

This year we bring a new member along. A grandson named Finn. While less than a year old (born in November), he won't remember anything of the event, but he will have the bragging rights at sometime in the future! Why not start young?

Finn rocking to some serious music

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