Total Eclipse of the Sun

Total Eclipse of the Sun

Back in the day, people believed eclipses symbolized anything from a warning against mischievous behavior, to a call for an emperor to be a vegetarian to rescue the sun, to even a win for science in proving the theory of general relativity. This week there was a total solar eclipse that began on Wednesday and ended on Tuesday.

But what is an eclipse? How can they time travel? How is a lunar eclipse different than a solar one? When is the next one? How does Bonnie Tyler feel about them?

What is an eclipse?

Basically, it’s when something gets in the way of something else and makes things look different than usual. Depending on where you are, you will perceive the eclipse differently. To understand, you will need a marble, your fingers, eyes, and an enemy. 

Step 1: Take your marble between your index finger and thumb.
Step 2: Tell your enemy to go away.

Step 3: As they are walking away, close one eye and block their dopey head with your marble. That’s a total eclipse. 
Step 4: Move your head so it’s only covering half of their idiotic face. That’s a partial eclipse.
Step 5: Move your head so that you can see all of them. That demonstrates the people that get FOMO when there is an eclipse.
Step 6: Throw the marble at your enemy. (Not actually)

This is why people in Southeastern Asia and the west Pacific aka the Glenn Coco’s of this situation, got a show on Wednesday/Tuesday…

   Source:   Wong Maye-E, Associated Press


Source: Wong Maye-E, Associated Press

and the rest of the world got the none for Gretchen Wieners treatment. 

Unfortunately, there were no Time-Turner, Tardis, or a wormhole involved here. The eclipse crossed over the international date line, beginning on Wednesday, but limboed over to Tuesday to see what’s good. In a solar eclipse, part of the Earth lies within the shadow created by the light from the sun obstructed by the moon. Similarly, during a lunar eclipse, the moon lies within the Earth's shadow.

Awesome, but what’s the difference between a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse?

In a solar eclipse, the moon is the marble between the sun and Earth. To observe them, you need special viewing goggles (or the internet). 

 Source: Ojo Bala, European Pressphoto Agency

Source: Ojo Bala, European Pressphoto Agency

In a lunar eclipse, the Earth is in between the moon and sun which makes the moon look like it is on fiya. Save a werewolf attack, it’s safe to go out during the night and look directly at these.

 Source: Patrik Stollarz, AFP, Getty Images

Source: Patrik Stollarz, AFP, Getty Images

Basically eclipses boil down to this…

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The next total solar eclipse isn’t until August 2017 and the next total lunar eclipse is in January of 2018, so you have plenty of time to get ready. We (didn’t) reach out to Bonnie Tyler for a comment and got no reply. Hopefully she has put herself back together, but the jury’s out on that one.

So whether you are Team Edward, Team Jacob, or Team Pop Culture References Post-2010, this is one eclipse everyone can get behind. Or in front of, I suppose. 

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