The Sun’s corona and the bright star Regulus (lower left), two of the incredible sights visible to humanity during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Image credit: Ricardo Garza-Grande.

Experiencing A Total Solar Eclipse For The First Time

A new podcast: a first-person account, by a scientist, of what it was like to live and experience totality for the first time.


“I sometimes ask people, ‘Can you be aware of your own presence? Not the thoughts that you’re having, not the emotions that you’re having, but the very presence of your very being?’ You become aware of your own presence by sensing the entire energy field in your body that is alive. And that is the totality of your presence.” -Eckhart Tolle

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse occurred over the continental United States for the first time in nearly 39 years, when half the current US population wasn’t even born. For many of us, it was our first opportunity to ever experience a sight like this for ourselves, and not only lived up to the hype, it was something that even a scientist couldn’t fully anticipate. Here’s a first-person account of what the experience was like, and how to enjoy it to the fullest, yourself, the next time one comes around!


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