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“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”  Victor Hugo

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. NASA
O dark, dark, dark, amid the blaze of noon, Irrecoverably dark, total eclipse.  Without all hope of day! John Milton
We should always endeavor to wonder at the permanent thing, not at the mere exception. We should be startled by the sun, and not by the eclipse. We should wonder less at the earthquake, and wonder more at the earth. Gilbert K. Chesterton

What did we learn today? This morning, starting around 10:30am, we experienced a phenomenon that we have not seen in the USA since 1979 – A Total Solar Eclipse. People gathered all around the country and the gradual shift of the sun made its way behind the moon thrilling us and holding us all in awe. It is an event that won’t happen again till 2024; the reactions and gatherings of folks across the US made it clear that as a nation, we can come together in unity to celebrate events that bind us all. Yet, as I write this post, it saddens me that we are not as actively engaged in protecting our environment to ensure that the next Total Eclipse will even happen or, at least, happen in a safe and just world that isn’t decimated by toxins, hatreds and war.  What could we have learned from this momentous scientific event?

What are some lessons learned today? From my perspective, we learned a number of key things today: 1. Community – when events occur that pull people together, most of us are able to set aside our differences and rally to share in goodness or powerful events. 2. Beauty of Our Planet – Who would argue with this simple fact? We have inherited a magical and beautiful planet that offers us many opportunities to see her effulgence even in an eclipse, to see her power in nature, and to celebrate the occurrence of supernatural events. But that is not enough, we must all participate in sustaining our planet and not sit back and watch the destruction and deforestation of sacred green space around the world.

NYTimes: The Solar Eclipse: Highlights From Its Path Across the United States


“There has always been the same amount of light in the world. The new and missing stars, the comets and eclipses, do not affect the general illumination, for only our glasses appreciate them.”  Henry David Thoreau

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse

Whenever a total eclipse of the sun was visible in an accessible region parties were sent out to observe it. Simon Newcomb
There is no science in this world like physics. Nothing comes close to the precision with which physics enables you to understand the world around you. It’s the laws of physics that allow us to say exactly what time the sun is going to rise. What time the eclipse is going to begin. What time the eclipse is going to end. Neil deGrasse Tyson

3. Appreciation for our Scientific Community – As far back as 1979, it was calculated that the next eclipse would occur this year and it did. The scientific community and NASA did their homework and delivered a ton of information and a livestream as the eclipse made its way across America. It was the ultimate experience of education and science in action. We learned, we listened and we were wowed by this special day.  What does it mean? It means that we must support science education and research. We must not sit back and let a precious and important arm of our nation be undercut and set aside. Each of us must make a commitment to educate ourselves and our children on the value of sustaining our planet and our scientific community 4. Building Memories – A popular meme that I have experienced since moving to the US is the constant question: Where were you when…?  Because this is considered a once in a lifetime experience, many of us will now have a shared memory that we can reach for when we meet and try to initiate conversations. Building and sharing memories help people recognize their common bond and it helps us see the value of shared experiences, our common humanity and community.


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“Darkness is more than a shade of nightfall. It is a feeling as though there has been an eclipse not only within what should be a vibrant life inside you but in all that is good around you.” Andrew Kendall

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE - A solar eclipse

Motivation Mondays: ECLIPSE – A solar eclipse
Feb. 26, 1979: The US Northwest gets a view of the solar eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun’s tenuous atmosphere – the corona – can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun’s disk. NASA created this website to provide a guide to this amazing event. Here you will find activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and our partners across the nation. NASA

What more can we learn from this special event? Even with the terribly tragic events of the last week in Charlottesville and elsewhere around the world, we can find hope in being reminded that the sun shines on all of us equally and that our humanity ought to be celebrated and respected in the same manner. If Mother Earth can open her bowels and show us spectacular occurrences to pull us together, what stops us from doing same? We must not allow ignorance and petty hatreds to eclipse our shared humanity.  Hate should never find a home in our hearts and minds. Our time on this planet is finite and we might as well put our effort to its highest and best use. Connecting with our fellowmen/women and serving our communities are key to our collective survival. As ABC News anchor Frank Reynolds said 38 years ago, “May the shadow of the moon fall on a world in peace.


Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!




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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia  and/or Eclipse via Pixabay


Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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162 Comments leave one →
  1. 21/08/2017 3:33 pm

    I got to see the eclipse with the special glasses today, although here in Illinois it was very cloudy so we had glimpses. We had 87% coverage and it was pretty neat!

  2. Hey Sharonoox permalink
    21/08/2017 3:46 pm

    Sad, we didn’t ge to seet the total eclipse where I lived. Thanks for sharing these pretty images. Happy Solar Eclipse!

  3. hal permalink
    21/08/2017 5:02 pm

    i’m kind of obsessed with seeing all of these images because i didn’t have the glasses so i kind of missed the whole thing in person!

  4. Ruth I. permalink
    21/08/2017 5:04 pm

    I honestly envy those who saw the amazing solar eclipse. I am not fond of learning science but always in awe of the discoveries and phenomenal events.

  5. Gladys Parker permalink
    21/08/2017 5:29 pm

    I love your awesome photo’s. Some are so clear and shiny while others are that and beautiful. I did not watch the Eclipse, although everyone around me was in a huge hub bub about it. Living in NY I heard we received a larger coverage some 70%. I was just happy that people were excited and communicating.

  6. 조이 Czjai (@RebelSweetHrt) permalink
    21/08/2017 7:40 pm

    If my memory serves me right, my first eclipse experience was when I was in first or second grade. Our teacher gave us film negatives and told us to look through it, not directly at the sun. It was such a surreal experience that I still remember it up to this day. 🙂

  7. Shell permalink
    21/08/2017 7:49 pm

    Today I watched the eclipse with my little boy…. it actually did not get dark where we were at but he loved it and we had much fun learning all about the eclipse and how it works prior to watching 🙂

  8. afroz261 permalink
    22/08/2017 1:23 am

    It was unfortunate that i could not witness personally this breathtaking event, as the eclipse was not in part of the world. Though I did watch the live telecast in some news channel.

  9. Thehyppomyselfthecat permalink
    22/08/2017 1:29 am

    So lucky you got to see it! You are right….sometimes we need an event like the eclipse to gather all together and wonder how beautiful our planet is…it is a shame we don’t do it more often tho…..great article!

  10. Familyearthtrek permalink
    22/08/2017 1:53 am

    I am a bit sad not been able to see the eclipse. But I totally love what you think you have learn from this event. That people put aside the differences and just enjoy this unique experience together! And yes the mother nature is awesome!

  11. Ronnie Epsi permalink
    22/08/2017 2:09 am

    I’m really bummed we didn’t get to enjoy it on this side of the world, but it was quite the experience seeing everyone’s posts on Facebook. It seemed like for a brief moment, all other problems and issues were set-aside to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience together as a whole.

  12. dunja kacarevic permalink
    22/08/2017 3:38 am

    Oh so much motivation and positive vibes in here. I like how organized your website is, and it’s really providing a lot of insightful information about sun eclipse

  13. Kait permalink
    22/08/2017 3:59 am

    We have to protect our environment! We all seem to be fascinated by things like the solar eclipse and run out to buy glasses so we can see it, but we can’t take the time to recycle or create more sustainable daily practices to help our earth. We all have to come together to protect our planet so we can continue to enjoy events like the eclipse.

  14. acraftymix permalink
    22/08/2017 5:18 am

    You’re so right about it bringing communities together Elizabeth. The whole of the Internet is full of the eclipse and wonderful stories of where people were and who they saw it with. Even here in South Africa the news is full of pictures and everyone is trying to figure when we’ll see one next 😉

  15. Carol Cassara permalink
    22/08/2017 5:52 am

    It has been a while and it’s always so exciting to witness a natural phenomenon! I think it’s amazing how people come together to watch it. It’s definitely also a great way to teach the kids more about science.

  16. Tanvi Rastogi (@Tanviidotcom) permalink
    22/08/2017 6:43 am

    I did not watch the eclipse. Just relied on everyone on social media to cover it and they sure did. But I agree with your post. This was the time to appreciate the scientific community and the wonder of our solar system.

  17. sveeteskapes permalink
    22/08/2017 6:47 am

    Such stunning images! Nature never ceases to amaze me and I love your perspective of bringing the community together at such times.

  18. jin permalink
    22/08/2017 7:22 am

    Oh that is a wonderful post for Motivation Mondays! Love how the stars aligned to give us a Solar Eclipse on that day. And every point that you’ve mentioned are so true – I truly believe it’s one of the few times our nation forgot their problems and just enjoyed the cosmic magic.

  19. Keeping Up With Candy permalink
    22/08/2017 7:34 am

    I was a bit underwhelmed and disappointed with the sighting of the eclipse. In Memphis, we had LOTS of huge fluffly clouds. I got a peek of the crescent here and there. And it never got dark when we were supposed to experience 95-98% totality. Oh well, we have another one in 7 years.

  20. adventures permalink
    22/08/2017 8:00 am

    The Eclipse was a wonderful event. In Knoxville we had over 10 million more people than normal in our state just to see it. It was my 4th Eclipse that I can remember and I am glad to have been a part of it!

  21. keisha1989 permalink
    22/08/2017 8:26 am

    I am so glad i was able to experience an eclipse . While I didn’t get to see the full thing because of where i am located in the caribbean i saw some really good videos. It such a wonderful experience I tell you . We indeed learned some good lessons .

  22. nadaliebardo permalink
    22/08/2017 9:07 am

    So beautiful! I wasn’t able to see the ecslipe where I was but I heard good things and I remember seeing them when I was younger.

  23. jewelryandjourney permalink
    22/08/2017 10:17 am

    Those are great lessons! Everyone came together yesterday to view the eclipse.

  24. Ana De-Jesus permalink
    22/08/2017 10:20 am

    Wow it is incredible that this was the first eclipse since 1979 and that the next one will be 2024. I have never seen a eclipse before but I agree that we do need to do more to protect our environment x

  25. kimberlylove13 permalink
    22/08/2017 10:45 am

    I wasn’t able to participate in yesterday’s occurrence but I’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures from the eclipse. Yours are quite stunning.

  26. Ty Knighten permalink
    22/08/2017 10:57 am

    It’s funny how something like the eclipse seemed to bring so many people together. For just a couple of hours, people were able to come together to experience simething so magnificent. I wish it could be like this all the time. Great post.

  27. jmsterb permalink
    22/08/2017 11:13 am

    I was also really pleasantly surprised by how many people the eclipse brought together! I wasn’t anywhere near the path of totality and it was still really cool seeing everyone go outside to look. (Then again, I work in the science community so there is that haha)

  28. Anup Das permalink
    22/08/2017 12:00 pm

    Nice article. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

  29. breakthefog permalink
    22/08/2017 12:19 pm

    Unfortunately, I do not have big Astrology knowledge, but it is a subject which always fascinated me. Somehow, sun and moon eclipse give me bundles of energy and vitality.
    How this happens, I am not sure yet, but it is always worth to find out new great infos about this subject.
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  30. Marina Rosie permalink
    22/08/2017 1:55 pm

    You’re so right about eclipses pulling all sorts of people in together – normally, my community don’t get on but, when there’s an eclipse, it’s like a little bit of magic!
    Marina xx

  31. famousashleygrant permalink
    22/08/2017 2:31 pm

    The eclipse was a bust where I live, but some of what I saw was pretty cool. I’m just kind of glad it’s over simply because I was getting tired of folks blaming it for their bad behavior and random weird glitches that were happening. LOL!

  32. Laura Dove permalink
    22/08/2017 2:58 pm

    Wow these eclipse photos are stunning! I watched my first eclipse in 2000 down in cornwall and it was amazing, I’ll never forget it!

  33. Drake Conan permalink
    22/08/2017 3:06 pm

    Such a great article. Some truly wonderful pictures, I was disappointed we weren’t really able to see anything. Love your motivation monday. It motivates me to start a day.

  34. TheMrsTee permalink
    22/08/2017 3:37 pm

    I didn’t get to experience the Total Eclipse here in my part of NC but the part that struck me most about the day and experience was how it united everyone.

  35. Nicole Herose Cochingco Escat permalink
    22/08/2017 3:46 pm

    What a great article. I was so disappointed, I just missed the eclipse. I always love your motivation monday. It motivates me always to start my great day.

  36. Sarah Crowther permalink
    22/08/2017 3:56 pm

    Eclipses are so fascinating! Great collection of photos with some helpful info!

  37. Parenting Healthy permalink
    22/08/2017 4:07 pm

    I am just hoping my 9 year old one day appreciates me waking him and dragging him for the XBOX for 2 hours to learn and experience this. It will mean a lot to him one day

  38. In and Out of Vegas permalink
    22/08/2017 6:12 pm

    I also did a blog about the Solar Eclipse and my experience with it in Las Vegas. we unfortunately didn’t experience too much of it especially since it was gloomy and drizzling as well!. Your post was far more informative than mine. Thank you!

  39. Careonskin (@careonskin) permalink
    22/08/2017 6:35 pm

    You are lucky that you have witnessed one of the greatest occurrences in the Earth. Total solar eclipse is something will occur maybe once in one lifetime? Thanks for this post that I had a glimpse of it!

  40. allmydealsindia permalink
    22/08/2017 6:47 pm

    Totally cool article. Loved reading it to the end

  41. Lisa permalink
    22/08/2017 7:02 pm

    I have found it quite fascinating to see all the people gathered together all over to watch the eclipse. Definitely got me thinking that everyone realizes how astounding the event is, but do they think about the future and whether it will happen again if we keep on destroying our planet.

  42. Joei permalink
    22/08/2017 7:43 pm

    Good observations! And these become even more apparent because of social media. I’ve seen a lot of different posts about the eclipse on Facebook and Instagram. Amazing!

  43. Lazy 40 Year Old permalink
    22/08/2017 8:38 pm

    The eclipse was definitely something that brought everyone together. It’s cool when people all over the country and/or world can feel like they are sharing something together.

  44. Kelly Reci permalink
    22/08/2017 9:00 pm

    Wonderful and awe inspiring indeed! We have seen the greatness and beauty of the universe and the Earth we live in. Let us thank God for these wonderful creations. We really appreciate a lot even the beauty of bridging people of all other countries while witnessing this kind of beautiful phenomena. Awesome!

  45. MarciaF permalink
    22/08/2017 9:01 pm

    Simply beautiful pictures. I wasn’t able to see much locally because of the clouds and I know I missed the beauty of it.

  46. Middle Eats permalink
    22/08/2017 9:54 pm

    I wish I could have seen the eclipse, I’m sure it was amazing. It’s great how something so simple brings everyone together, from the photos I’ve seen whole towns came out to watch together!

  47. Rachel Teodoro permalink
    22/08/2017 10:13 pm

    It was such a cool thing to watch. My whole family enjoyed it.

  48. Aileen permalink
    22/08/2017 11:15 pm

    I really wanted to see the eclipse but I’m not in the USA. It was lovely though when I watched it on TV!

  49. Samantha permalink
    22/08/2017 11:41 pm

    I noticed some comments on Twitter about how it was nice to have virtually everyone coming together over the eclipse & how for a short time, we all got along & forgot about all the craziness. I live in Charlotte & we had 97.8% totality. Some of our neighbors were outside with their glasses (we had some too) when another neighbor’s kids came out. The kids borrowed glasses for a couple minutes so that they could join in. I had given a pair to my mom which she took to work. People in the building next to her saw that she was outside with them & borrowed them. She said about 7 people total used the glasses to view the eclipse. That’s a cool way to see community come together over a rare experience.

  50. Claire permalink
    22/08/2017 11:52 pm

    This is so interesting! You hear so much about seeing the Eclipse but no one ever talks about the details behind it. I loved reading about it, it is fascinating to me.

  51. Nawal permalink
    23/08/2017 12:06 am

    I wish I could have experienced it ! The only eclipse I’ve seen was one when I was very young so I didn’t know what the hell was going on therefore I didn’t enjoy it as much

  52. Nawal permalink
    23/08/2017 12:14 am

    I’ve never experienced something like this before. There has been an eclipse in my country before, but because I was young I didn’t get to enjoy it as much.

  53. Anjali Chawla permalink
    23/08/2017 12:46 am

    Great post. So much to learn. I could definitely use this motivation today. And beautiful eclipse shots! Thanks for sharing!

  54. Doctor Anni permalink
    23/08/2017 2:04 am

    I love how you used the historic event of the eclipse to reflect and appreciate this moment outside of all of the hype. It will definitely be a day to remember.

  55. neha permalink
    23/08/2017 2:28 am

    A full eclipse with a diamond ring is a very rare phenomena. Great capture. I had witnessed one when I was very small and the memories are still intact

  56. Julz permalink
    23/08/2017 2:40 am

    Eclipse are such amazing phenomenon! We had one last year – it was partial (but more than 90%) and the atmosphere it creates is just incredible!

  57. tumandok permalink
    23/08/2017 3:25 am

    As far as I could I have seen twice solar and lunar eclipses since a kid and on my teenage life. I remember we used an improvised smoke glass to view the solar eclipse or to view its reflection on the basin filled with water.

  58. rhianwestbury permalink
    23/08/2017 3:36 am

    I remember seeing an eclipse here in the UK when I was a kid and it was such an experience x

  59. Ali || Veggies by Candlelight permalink
    23/08/2017 3:54 am

    Those photos are gorgeous! I wish I had been in the area that had the total eclipse. Even though we only had 70% coverage in my area it was still amazing to watch it happen.

  60. Esti Berkowitz permalink
    23/08/2017 5:01 am

    We really learned so much from the eclipse of 2017 and spent it at the New York Hall of Science. It is so nice how the world joins us with such incredible natural events!

  61. Aditi permalink
    23/08/2017 5:59 am

    This definitely was a great Monday motivations. Although I didn’t get to see the eclipse in Australia I saw it online and that made me admire how incredible our universe is. Thanks for sharing this post with all those beautiful pictures. 🙂

  62. brigettedanielle permalink
    23/08/2017 7:11 am

    My kids and I had the opportunity to be in the path of totality, and while I thought it was definitely beautiful and a sight to see, my kiddos were a little disappointed. We live in the city so when it got dark A LOT of lights came on lol

  63. eclectickristal permalink
    23/08/2017 7:55 am

    I like to watch the solar eclipse. I was so happy to be able to check it out.

  64. youngwriters498 permalink
    23/08/2017 8:39 am

    Wow nicely penned! Learned a handful of information from this article

  65. elenasts permalink
    23/08/2017 8:53 am

    I love Andrew Karnell`s quote. I am really sorry that we missed the Solar Eclipse though, I believe it is a once in a lifetime experience.

  66. Syd permalink
    23/08/2017 9:22 am

    The eclipse was amazing and I’m so happy I got experience such a wonderful phenomenon

  67. Courtney Blacher permalink
    23/08/2017 10:19 am

    These shots are amazing. Everytime I tried to take a picture of the moon, it turned out like a small dot.

  68. Oursamyatra permalink
    23/08/2017 10:46 am

    Wooooowwwww…Such a great natural phenomenon. Pictures are so awesome.

  69. Venus Fitness-Shannon permalink
    23/08/2017 1:46 pm

    I agree the Eclipse certainly did bring people together to view and talk about a subject they might not normally pay attention to.

  70. Violinkit permalink
    23/08/2017 3:26 pm

    Yes the eclipse was quite spectacular from some parts of the globe but alas not from where I live in Co Wicklow Ireland. There was little or no evidence of it this time round. I also think the tragic terrorist attacks in Barcelona put a damper on it for many people. Very in dept post. Well done!

  71. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    23/08/2017 3:45 pm

    The eclipse was only partially visible in our area. Nevertheless, we watched it on T.V. and it was awesome! What did I learn from the eclipse? The symbolism that no matter how much darkness tries to cover you, your light will still find ways to shine through. 🙂 Have a great day Elizabeth.

  72. Rebecca Swenor permalink
    23/08/2017 4:56 pm

    The Eclipse was indeed something that pulled everyone together if just for a few minutes. We really do need to support those that study our world and universe. Thanks for sharing these awesome photos.

  73. Kristen from The Road to Domestication permalink
    23/08/2017 6:12 pm

    This was such an amazing experience! Today I learned that, no matter what our walk in life, we all came together to view a miracle in the skies. Funny. God really can get our attention if He wants it 🙂

  74. bauble stories permalink
    23/08/2017 7:58 pm

    I had never seen so much excitement for a solar event!

  75. chewoutloud permalink
    23/08/2017 8:01 pm

    The eclipse this year was historical and amazing! We had a fun time viewing with the neighborhood here.

  76. Fashion Panache by Bhushavali permalink
    23/08/2017 8:29 pm

    I love eclipses! In my part of the world, this one came at sunset and if I had known earlier, I would have chosen to climb the Atomium & view it from there! Missed it!

  77. Lexi Marie permalink
    23/08/2017 9:42 pm

    At first I didn’t understand everyone obsession with the eclipse. But then I managed to score a pair of glasses… it was pretty freakin cool!

  78. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    23/08/2017 10:29 pm

    Those are really inspirational. Whenever I see such photos I realize the minuteness of us humans in the cosmos….

  79. fabiolazefi permalink
    23/08/2017 11:37 pm

    I could not agree more with the lessons you have listed on here, Elizabeth. It was great to see people offer their glasses to those that didn’t have a pair. Also, side note, your grammar skills are impeccable!

  80. Chei Pangan permalink
    23/08/2017 11:52 pm

    It is so much fun to see a solar eclipse especially if you have a telescope in the house.

  81. Kelly Reci permalink
    24/08/2017 12:24 am

    I love Motivation Mondays! It’s motivates me to start the day with a positive vibes. Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring indeed. Now, we have seen again the greatness and beauty of the universe, Earth, and the beauty of creations.

  82. 24/08/2017 1:20 am

    Wow what beautiful pictures of the eclipse and some very thoughtful quotations on light. The idea of science and community great.

  83. amiroseblog permalink
    24/08/2017 2:57 am

    I would have loved to see this! I’ve seen some of the photos and it looks absolutely spectacular.

    Ami xxx

  84. AnnMarie John permalink
    24/08/2017 3:18 am

    It was definitely exciting to hear about the eclipse and it was more exciting to prepare for it. It’s awesome to witness especially with the kids! My youngest was definitely hyped up and we made sure that she had time to see it!

  85. 24/08/2017 4:04 am

    Those pictures are so beautiful! I´m so sad that we couldn’t see the eclipse in europe.

  86. Vinil permalink
    24/08/2017 5:18 am

    I studied a lot of this in college. I was excited then. Science has always fascinated me.

  87. Ashleya Nicole permalink
    24/08/2017 6:27 am

    I created a viewing box just to see the eclipse. It was so magical.

  88. Valentina | ForeignRooftops permalink
    24/08/2017 7:15 am

    Really awesome post, I truly enjoyed reading it. I loved how you were able to tie so many different (and sometimes difficult) thematics all together, but still keeping it light and insightful.

  89. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    24/08/2017 8:25 am

    My brother and his wife turned the eclipse into a vacation. They traveled by train up to Oregon to watch the eclipse. Their pictures were amazing!

  90. Shilpa bindlish permalink
    24/08/2017 9:47 am

    There is a feel of positivity in the quote you shared in the post. I truly believe the illumination of this universe can win over deepest darkness. Beautiful Eclipse pics.

  91. IG @CurlsAndACamera_ (@CurlsAndACamera) permalink
    24/08/2017 10:50 am

    The solar eclipse was such a phenomenal event! It was so nice experiencing this phenom all the while feeling this energy of unity among strangers all across the U.S. It definitely was welcomed change of conversation for a bit.

  92. TColeman permalink
    24/08/2017 12:38 pm

    This was such an amazing thing to have seen. I love that we were part of history of something that hadnt happened in a long time.

  93. Ana Ojha permalink
    24/08/2017 12:52 pm

    This Solar Eclipse was absolutely surreal and an experience of a lifetime! I watched it with my friends. This Solar Eclipse reminded us that we are the citizen of the Earth, therefore we should work together to save our environment and not fight among each other on the basis of color, caste, creed, nationality etc!

  94. Stephanie Lane permalink
    24/08/2017 3:07 pm

    The eclipse was unreal….We were privileged to be able to watch it from a State Park lake in the North Georgia mountains. We were in totality. It was an adventure that my kids will never forget…..

  95. Mal IntoTheCity permalink
    24/08/2017 3:49 pm

    It looks absolutely amazing and supernatural. I am so gutted to have missed it. These are very valuable lessons to learn from this event. It’s so easy to forget about small things and I’m grateful you brought them up.

  96. Made Adayasa permalink
    24/08/2017 5:41 pm

    What an interesting thought . I always love to read your motivation post . I’m agree with you that the beauty of the world or nature event will unite peoples togather . Forget about everything for one moment and focusing with what happening .
    By the way the pictures of if the solar eclipse is stunning .

  97. lucicoo permalink
    24/08/2017 8:11 pm

    I love this. I wish I could see the eclipse in person but I wasn’t in the path.

  98. Garf permalink
    25/08/2017 1:30 am

    Beautiful pictures. Eclipse was not available in our area but was updated on social media about it.

  99. nicoleflintkontrol permalink
    25/08/2017 3:13 am

    I was so happy so be able to experience this’ I also loved that everyone forgot about their political differences and all of the negativity in the news lately.

  100. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    25/08/2017 4:42 am

    I love that quote at the top by Victor Hugo. It makes so much sense.

  101. hal permalink
    25/08/2017 5:14 am

    i understand what your saying and for me we as a people are responsible for events and i never understand why a ‘difference’ is always subject to hate. especially when you have natural wonders like an eclipse to remind us how lucky we are to live in a planet such as this

  102. ayeshafarhad permalink
    25/08/2017 7:43 am

    I have never fully seen a eclipse in my entire life! I remember my family gathered around the door and peeking through a crack to see it because apparently ‘it weakens the eye’ – and it was such a proper event kinda situation in my house!

  103. Kentaro Tanaka permalink
    25/08/2017 8:54 am

    This is an interesting motivation monday. I definitely agree that this event was very unique and many people can take interest, especially in science from this.

  104. Oursamyatra permalink
    25/08/2017 10:09 am

    Wooww.. I saw a video on ECLIPSE and just get amazed of natures beauty. Such a great phenomenon. But bad luck we cant see this from India.

  105. joyfulsource permalink
    25/08/2017 11:28 am

    Watching Eclipse always fascinates me! It’s great to enjoy life and seize the day full of love!

  106. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    25/08/2017 12:27 pm

    I would have loved to have been there to see the eclipse. It must have been stunning to see first hand.

  107. Courtney Klimka permalink
    25/08/2017 3:24 pm

    All of the photos of the eclipse are so beautiful! I wish it was more visible here, it was barely a thing and it was so disappointing.

  108. Noblandmakeup permalink
    25/08/2017 9:45 pm

    It’s amazing what one can do to bring us together. I saw a meme on Facebook that thanked the eclipse for making us forget about everything for a couple minutes. It’s funny because it’s true.

  109. alisonrost permalink
    25/08/2017 11:50 pm

    My husband and I too saw the eclipse. We left in the morning and drove three hours south to Missouri. Here in the midwest, it had been cloudy and rainy, but by the time of the event, the skies had parted just enough for us to witness it in all of its glory. There we were, just the two of us on a gravel road, surrounded by corn fields when the sky went dark. I had every intention of taking photos, but in the moment, I simply wanted to take it all in. x

  110. GeeMiz Blog (@Geemiz) permalink
    26/08/2017 10:08 am

    I was not able to watch the eclipse but saw so many photos online and it was amazing. Surely I won’t miss the next one.

  111. Hellocuppies permalink
    26/08/2017 10:14 am

    I’ve heard and seen so much about the eclipse even over here in the UK. I agree with you on the community spirit comment too as I watched a video on YouTube of it and it was lovely to see everyone coming together to enjoy it.

  112. Vinil Ramdev permalink
    26/08/2017 10:38 am

    I studied astronomy in school. It was fascinating. But somehow science wasn’t a strength at the time. Yes, it’s historical because it’s happening for the first time after 1979.

  113. Shawna permalink
    26/08/2017 2:17 pm

    I love tbis informational post! This eclipse was quite the sight to see and I can only hope that I’m around long enough to be able to experience another one.

  114. Tiffany Yong permalink
    27/08/2017 7:48 am

    I didn’t really notice the eclipse all the way here in Singapore, but the news about Donald Trump looking at it with naked eyes was viral over here!

  115. Nicole V permalink
    27/08/2017 10:43 am

    The eclipse was such an interesting moment for me. I ended up watching it on TV because we only got a partial eclipse out here in Los Angeles. For a few moments it reminded me that we are a tiny spec in this huge and vast universe. We need to think about the bigger picture and stop acting up! We’re not as important as we think we are!

  116. Shelby @ For The Love of Paws permalink
    27/08/2017 5:56 pm

    Beautiful photos! I wish we had had a better view of the solar eclipse, but it was fun regardless. 🙂 I definitely appreciate the scientific community.

  117. Ty Knighten permalink
    27/08/2017 9:43 pm

    Thanks for all this information but I was probably one of the few people who didn’t have very much interest in eclipse.

  118. oursamyatra permalink
    27/08/2017 10:17 pm

    Thats awesome. We cant see this ECLIPSE. Bad luck for us. But your pictures are amazing that it seems real. Thanks for sharing.

  119. Zoran Stankovic permalink
    28/08/2017 3:20 am

    This post should be read by everyone! Everyone should pay a lot of attention to keeping the planet and nature! I really learned a lot from this post!

  120. The Gypsy Gurl 🎒👣 permalink
    28/08/2017 5:09 am

    Wonderful pictures, i totally agree that these events bring about a feeling of community and bring people closer the world over. I feel it’s great to know someone somewhere in the globe however far from you shares the same interests, fascinating. Truly enjoyed your post.

  121. adventures permalink
    28/08/2017 7:42 am

    these are some wonderful motivational thoughts about the eclipse. I truly believe that the eclipse has probably changed some people’s lives, especially those who have never seen one before. It’s definitely something that will go down in history.

  122. Tatiana Sieff permalink
    28/08/2017 8:07 am

    Gorgeous! I remember seeing the same eclipse over Europe a while ago! Magical.

  123. Steve permalink
    28/08/2017 8:17 am

    These are such amazing eclipse shots. I like how are you were able to tie it in with Charlottesville. And I agree, there should be no room for hate in our harts.

  124. Coralie permalink
    28/08/2017 9:37 am

    Beautiful pictures of the Eclipse and also great motivation. You have a great series and I enjoy reading it every week.

  125. tararaquelfuller permalink
    28/08/2017 10:01 am

    these photos are awesome! i missed the eclipse unfortunately – i didn’t have the proper glasses. dangit!

  126. Apolline Adiju💥 (@apollineadiju) permalink
    28/08/2017 12:49 pm

    Wow! You captured very beautiful pictures of it. I wish I was there and experienced it myself.

  127. Victoria permalink
    29/08/2017 5:35 am

    The eclipse was such a beautiful sight. I teared up a little bit

  128. Vinil permalink
    29/08/2017 5:57 am

    I like the photographs in this post. Did you click them yourself?

  129. chichiuguru permalink
    29/08/2017 6:11 am

    I wish I was able to see the solar eclipse live. But it wasn’t possible from my end in NY.. but I saw how everyone united all over the county’s via the internet, you are right about how this shows we can stick together if we want to for a common cause. Now my question is why don’t we?? Could it be selfishness, or maybe pride?

  130. Via Bella permalink
    29/08/2017 8:54 am

    I absolutely love Eclipses. We stayed on the back of a car the whole time. It was so much fun!

  131. Nina permalink
    29/08/2017 12:03 pm

    YAY A SCIENCE ARTICLE! I love-love-love this article so much! Especially the science community part. Sadly, I couldn’t attend the solar eclipse because I live on the wrong side of the planet. But thanks to NASA I could watch the sun disappear too 😀

  132. stylewithamanda444 permalink
    29/08/2017 2:57 pm

    I was too afraid to look at the eclipse but I did notice the day become darker. I live in Canada so where I was the eclipse was only about 75% coverage. I like the positive meaning that you attributed to the eclipse at the end of your article.

  133. Calleigh Keibler - TheForkBite permalink
    29/08/2017 8:08 pm

    I never had a chance to watch the eclipse. I didn’t realize it until I read some posts on FB about the solar eclipse phenomenon. Sighs..

  134. Alice Boswell permalink
    29/08/2017 10:27 pm

    I haven’t seen yet eclipse in my life. Not sure when will be my chance to see one. Anyway, great post!

  135. Oyinkan permalink
    30/08/2017 4:11 pm

    The eclipse was so beautiful! I got to watch it on tv lol didn’t see it in person like many others.

  136. cre8tone kylie permalink
    12/09/2017 8:35 pm

    Never really seen an eclipse before… Your photos are really amazingly sharp.. So beautiful!

  137. Joanna permalink
    20/09/2017 8:03 am

    I remember when I’ve seen my first and only total solar eclipse, back in 1999, in Europe. My country was in the middle of the path and the sight was amazing! I remember how for a few seconds there was no day light anymore, what a fantastic phenomenon to observe, for a little girl.

  138. Kids on Tour - Autism without limits permalink
    11/10/2017 10:22 am

    I like that the sun shines on all of us equally. That made me think! We watched the eclipse from the top of the Orlando eye which was fun!


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