Field reports on the Solar Eclipse, August 21

Rogers family on the “Path of Totality” for solar eclipse.

From Steve Rogers

Wendy and I traveled to the small town of Glendo, Wyoming to be with family members (and a few thousand other people) to see the eclipse as it passed by on its “path of totality.”   It was truly a religious experience!  There was something almost magical when the last part of the sun was covered and the sky turned dark, as if a light switch had been tripped. The surrounding area wasn’t as dark as I expected.  We had an unobstructed view of the horizon so you could see out to the edge of the moon’s shadow, where there was still light on the horizon. We could look at the corona with binoculars and it was amazingly beautiful.  Then, after a couple of minutes, it was as if the switch was turned back on.  The first rays of the sun came around the edge of the moon and suddenly it was light again.  We’re already planning to go to Dallas in 2024!


Neighbors gather at the Holmes’ home to view partial eclipse.

From Chris Holmes

Here in Hidden Meadows, we only observed a partial eclipse (about 60%), but it still was a thrilling experience.  Marilyn and I invited some of our neighbors over to see what was happening on a little projection system I had rigged up.   I used Steve Rogers’s old 3 inch refractor telescope, which literally had been rescued from a dumpster.  I attached a 25mm eyepiece at a diagonal and aimed the image at the “screen,” which was nothing more than a piece of poster board propped on a chair. The image itself, taken near the high point of the eclipse for us, was then photographed with my iPhone.