The great Solar Eclipse of 2017 has come and gone, but not before causing a manufacturing boom and sales bonanza for Eclipse sunglasses and prompting a day trip or outdoor excursion for millions of Americans.
According to vox.com, Monday’s eclipse was probably the most watched one in history. A partial eclipse was visible from all 50 states, more than 98 percent in the local area, and a 70-mile wide portion of 14 states got to see the total eclipse. Some in the local area decided 98 percent just didn’t cut it and headed out for areas north that were in the area of totality. One such person was Dave Holley, of Loganville, who took his family to Tellico Plains, Tenn. so as not to miss the opportunity to experience a total eclipse of the sun. He went up a day early and set up camp in preparation for a 100 Percent Total Eclipse Party – and he said it did not disappoint.
“There were several stars ( including a few planets). It was amazing,” Holley said. “As the sky darkened, the birds got quiet and the crickets started chirping, the bugs started swarming in packs and it abruptly went totally dark and the brilliant white ring surrounded the moon. There was no way to truly catch the beauty of it on camera.”
Residents who remained in the local area didn’t get to see the full eclipse, but they were excited about what they did experience. Some went up to the top of the tower of the historic Walton County Court House in Monroe and others were sighted on the roof of Synovus Bank. And others, like Nathan, got to enjoy the partial eclipse from one of the local schools. Photographers, like Darrell Everidge, were able to get some of those once in a lifetime photographs of the special event.
If you missed all the excitement, grab a pair of those discounted Eclipse glasses and put them somewhere safe for the next seven or so years. You will be fully prepared in 2024 when parts of the U.S. will again be in line for a total eclipse if the sun.