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PostUnderwhelmed by the Eclipse; from Gary Moore (John Eipper, USA, 08/22/17 3:42 pm)
Gary Moore writes:
John Eipper's question about the total blackout zone in the eclipse (I'm in Memphis) reprises my dark musings. In short, speaking from the Blackout Belt: What eclipse? Well, it did happen, but where was the eerie midnight that makes the world stand still? The illumination level didn't even look like deep twilight, but like an ordinary cloudy day. Indeed, it was cloudy, but the clouds didn't billow until two-thirds into it, plenty of time to lift chic shades and see the black disc nearly covering the bright one--though all along the halo seemed to cast so much light I was puzzled.
Where does this leave all the stories in history about XYZ clever explorer or colonel awing the natives with almanac knowledge that the world would go dark? If I was a native in this faint showing, I'm not sure I would have even known the sun was gone. Deepening this mystery, I hear from Atlanta that it got darker there, seeming more like night. But why would that be? Expectation? One has to wonder--and it's easier with the help of David Duggan's great glimpse of eclipse frenzy--whether the mysteries of mass psychology can't get into even the sun. After all, they did at Fatima.
Biblical eclipse glasses?
JE comments: I'm with Gary Moore--had the experts not told me there was an eclipse going on, I wouldn't have noticed. In 85% Adrian, the afternoon seemed cloudy and nothing more.
I often joke at home that I would have been a crappy Ancient Mayan, as I never notice what is going on in the heavens. Inscribing codices would have better suited my talents--unless, of course, I had to glyph about astronomical stuff. Maybe they would have sacrificed me and been done with it.
Can you use "glyph" as a verb? I just did.