Journey to Eclipse 2017 #eclipse #poem #astronomy #nature

More of my poetry at AmazonAnother Eclipse 2017 poem, inspired by my journey to the eclipse centerline in the Boise National Forest – hurray for America’s public lands. The path of totality was about 70 miles wide for this eclipse and crossed the continent. The difference between 99% and 100% totality is day and night. Even a sliver of the sun’s disk is too bright to look at naked-eye and loses the corona in the glare. Well worth the travel and deserving of a rhyme.

The car is packed, we could escape
A zombie apocalypse,
But on this trip instead we chase
A total solar eclipse.

Nebraska may be cloudy
So Idaho’s our bet.
We carry everything we need, for
The best view we can get.

From the mountains of New Mexico
Through ponderosa pine,
A partial isn’t good enough,
We seek the centerline.

On the plains of Arizona
Our camping gear’s a plus.
The centerline is farther north
And so push-on we must.

Keep the gas tank topped,
There could be short supplies
Cause people are converging
To gaze into the sky.

Blood red rocks of Utah,
The finest that we see,
We leave behind without a stop
To chase totality.

Squirrels chirp out their annoyance, as
In Idaho we climb,
To a forest meadow,
To the centerline.

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Eclipse camp

There’s time to lounge in camp
But First Contact will come soon
On the centerline
In the shadow of the Moon.

by Kate Rauner

Perfect conditions and a happy surprise – sunspots! It’s the bottom of the cycle so we weren’t expecting that. They don’t affect the eclipse – just add to viewing fun. Read more about the eclipse here.

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Projection of Sun shortly after First Contact

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