August 19, 2017

Why I'm not traveling to see the total solar eclipse

I really wish I could travel a little ways north to see the total solar eclipse this Monday, but I'm not. Here in Athens, Georgia, we will be just outside the path of the umbra and will see an eclipse which will be 99% total.

First of all, I did not appreciate that the difference between 99% and 100% is a really, really big one percent, so I did not consider making any advance travel plans. Since I learned about the prediction, though, I have read a lot about how much of a difference it makes and what an interesting psychological experience an eclipse can be.