Who would have thought it was going to be such a party?
Millions from east to west took in at least part of yesterday’s solar eclipse.
The ‘path of totality’, the route the complete shadow covers, are the prime spots for viewing. We saw about 75%.
In that path of totality you experience about 2 ½ minutes of night time darkness, complete with stars, in mid-afternoon.
Not only does it make animals wacky, it does some humans too!
Celebratory viewing parties filled cities and small towns along the path, jacking up hotel and airline rates to those destinations within the zone.
Communities congregated, people planned eclipse themed parties, BBQ’s, even weddings. There were fireworks and marching bands.
Even Bonnie Tyler was resurrected to sing her 80’s hit “Total Eclipse of The Heart” aboard a cruise ship.
Perhaps the only negative.
So much fun was had, sky watchers are planning the next big solar eclipse April 8th, 2024.
Even better, Hamilton falls within the ‘path of totality’, Toronto is just outside. Buffalo is dead centre.
Better start making plans.