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June 8, 1918: The Great American Eclipse

Today, August 21, 2017, the US will experience a total solar eclipse that will go across the continental United States, from the Pacific to the Atlantic.  The last time this occurred was on June 8, 1918, proceeding from Washington State across the US to Florida.  The press gave heavy coverage to the eclipse and rightly warned of the risk of blindness by looking at the eclipse with the naked eye.

I would note that my son’s alma mater, SIU, is in the path of totality of the current eclipse and is running several events today.  Go here to read about it.

 

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

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  1. Guess I’ll kick this thread off. The three of us (me, husband and daughter) made our way to Steeleville IL, about 40 miles or so SE of St Louis, and ended up watching the eclipse at the public library with the very friendly and helpful staff and a few others who happened by. The clouds stayed away and we got a wonderful view of the whole thing…. absolutely awesome!! No picture or video does justice to seeing the eclipsed sun, the corona and the deep midday twilight (complete with stars and planets) with your own eyes. It is, I think, as close as you can get in the natural world to seeing the face of God. Our only regret was that it didn’t last longer (2 mins 21 secs where we were).

    Another total eclipse is coming to the U.S. in 6 years and 8 months (April 8, 2024) so if you missed this one, start making plans for the next!

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