July 11, 2011


Today while eating lunch, Angela's parents kept talking about how today was the 20th anniversary of some huge total solar eclipse. "Hmm," I thought, "I don't remember any solar eclipse in 1991, and if it was in July, then I would have been out of school, specifically looking for fun summer things to do, like damaging my eyes by watching solar eclipses."

So when I got back home I did a bit of research on the internet and it turns out that they were quite right, of course. You can check out this article if you want more info. Interestingly, most of the pictures in the article are from Guanacaste, a province here in Costa Rica. It seems that this was prime eclipse-viewing real estate, and that my dumb 11-year-old, dirt-bike-riding self may not have gotten that much of a show from Colorado.

You can also watch this video a guy took of the eclipse as viewed from Mexico. It's a bit long, but it's worth it in the parts where the eclipse fans go nuts... this was like the early 90s' version of the "Double Rainbow" video:

Of course, that's all well and good, but I'm saving up my enthusiasm for February 11, 2013, which will mark the 30th anniversary of Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Heart"!

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