Thanks Kathy; I felt the same way as I saw how bright it stayed as more and more of the sun disappeared behind the moon. Even at a thin fingernail, it was quite bright.
Thank you Bob! @BobKramer
Thanks Ken. I’m sure you’d enjoy the experience. Something else I didn’t mention was the sort of comradery with strangers from all over sharing the experience. I was parked with 3 other cars on an abandoned lot in a kind of rural industrial area. We spent about an hour and a half together watching the progress, learning how we all came to be at that spot, and feeling the anticipation build. Nearby on U.S. Highway 385, groups of cars are just parked along the side of the road doing the same. Some had lawn chairs set up and had a picnic as the show got on.
You’re welcome. Looks like there are 2 total and 1 annular eclipses crossing South America in July 2019 (total north of Santiago, Chile), December 2020 (total south of Santiago, Chile), and October 2023 (annular between Medellin and Cali Columbia). Not very close but maybe you’ll have a chance to see one of those.
Annular eclipse is when the moon is farther from the earth and therefore doesn’t totally cover the sun, so there is a thin ring of the sun visible completely around the moon. These are much less common than total eclipses.
That same annular in October 2023 crosses the western U.S. The path of full annular starts just south of Portland, Oregon heading southeast through Utah, Nevada, Albuquerque, NM, San Antonio, TX and on to Central and South America. I’ve got it on my list now!!
Thanks again for looking everyone, best regards,