From One Eclipse to the Next

Reflections from 2017 to now

Sarah-Marie
Refresh the Soul

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A composite of images of a total solar eclipse on a black background. Starging from the left, the Moon begins to cover the Sun demonstrated by a black disc on the Sun’s right. Each progressive picture shows the black disc covering more and more of the Sun until it completely covers it, leaving a shining white aura around the black disc. The next picture shows the burst of light as the Sun reemerges.
Photo by Joseph Corl on Unsplash

As we near the total solar eclipse on April 8th, it provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on the last one and how life has changed in different ways.

The last American total solar eclipse was on August 21, 2017, just under seven years ago.

2017 — Can you count the ways life was different back then?

COVID was a mysterious unknown acronym that was likely never seen. We were still in the blissful days of the before, even though many seem to have fallen right back into the old days again by now.

Zoom, Doordash, and Uber were around but not nearly as prevalent or even necessary for most people.

NASA’s Webb telescope was four years from launching, though we hoped it would be sooner.

We didn’t know that images from April of that year would be officially processed and released in 2019 as the first image of the environment around a black hole.

Ukraine probably didn’t ever cross your mind.

And so much more.

The 2017 Eclipse

For me, 2017 was a whirlwind. I graduated from grad school with a Master’s in Museum Studies in May and, shortly after, started my first official job at a science…

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Sarah-Marie
Refresh the Soul

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