Eclipses are cool. They’re one of the best reminders of how big the universe is. You’ll only be able to see the partial or annular solar eclipse this Sunday from parts of the West Coast and Asia. But if you get a glimpse, no doubt it’ll be worth it. They say it will look like a ring of fire around the moon.
In ancient cultures, eclipses were sometimes thought to be bad omens. Nowadays, we welcome them with awe and wonder.
How many other things are interpreted in a negative light until we learn more and take a broader view? For this partial eclipse, the University of Colorado at Boulder will be hosting the world’s largest eclipse-watching party at Folsom Stadium, complete with concessions selling special protective viewing glasses.
Oh yeah, I should have mentioned that earlier. Don’t look directly at the eclipse with out protection. It can permanently damage your retinas. No amount of understanding or knowledge can change that.
Managing risk is knowing about what you can control and what you can’t. The partial solar eclipse is a reminder that what you can’t control or comprehend can still be experienced wholly at a distance. Just be sure to do your research so you know what you’re looking at and how to view it.