The Path of Totality - Perspectives No. 320
The Path of Totality
As the day of the total solar eclipse rapidly approaches, we are making preparations to be in a perfect spot to view it—with special glasses, of course. Our painting studios are located just a few miles outside of the Path of Totality—the path that the moon's shadow will take when blocking the Sun for the total solar eclipse next week. The path is narrow, and people are traveling from all over the country to see it. Hotels nearby have been booked for months. As it happens, one of our out-of-town students will be here taking a watercolor workshop, so she will also be able to enjoy the brief, but amazing rare celestial event.
During next week's eclipse, the path of totality will cross the country from Oregon to South Carolina in just ninety minutes. Although the partial eclipse will extend over more than two hours, the total solar eclipse will be only about two minutes in duration. Before and after the maximum total eclipse, ephemeral phenomena will occur—"a multitude of faint rapidly moving bands that can be seen by placing a white sheet of paper several feet square on the ground. They look like ripple of sunshine at the bottom of a swimming pool . . ." (NASA)
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