Experience a Solar Eclipse Essay

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Experience a Solar Eclipse

You don’t witness an eclipse…you EXPERIENCE it!
You can literally feel the ominous shadow of the moon before it arrives. The temperature drops. The wind picks up speed. The sunlight slowly dims, bathing your surroundings in an eerie twilight that produces colors with shades rarely seen in the natural world. Then it is time. Moments before totality a wall of darkness comes speeding towards you at up to 5,000 miles per hour—this is the shadow of the moon. You feel alive. You feel in awe. You feel anxiety. Then—totality! Where the sun once stood, there is a black disk, outlined by the soft pearly-white glow of the corona, about the brightness of a full moon. Small but vibrant reddish features stand at
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There are significant changes in weather during eclipses. As the amount of sunlight is reduced, the temperature begins to fall. This results in corresponding changes in the barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, dew point and humidity. These changes can sometimes result in unexpected fog or dew. As the sun dwindles to a smaller and smaller crescent, the surrounding landscape very gradually takes on a late-afternoon appearance in the final minutes before totality. The changing colors of the landscape and clouds can be quite striking as well with yellows and oranges most often seen. Animals are very perceptive to changes in their environment. Livestock, wild birds, squirrels, insects and even domesticated pets will behave in interesting ways. Some animals, accustomed to feeding schedules, dictated by dawn and dusk, exhibit changes in eating habits. Roosters crow on cue as twilight comes and goes, while mosquitoes may go on a feeding frenzy. Fish are reportedly more willing to bite around totality. Note the changes you observe in your surroundings.

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