Solar eclipse lived up to hype

By BRENT MAZE,

Many times, I’ve seen a lot of events hyped up. Some of the events have lived up to the hype. Many of them rarely ever live up to the expectations, especially when it includes the Super Bowl.

For me, I felt like the hype was well-deserved. This was the first time America has experienced a total eclipse since before I was born. I missed the last one by one year.

Sure, there have been partial solar eclipses in the past. I remember going to the Birmingham-Southern College planetarium and looking through telescopes or looking at a pinhole shoebox to see how much of the moon was blocking the sun.

And for most of those partial eclipses, you couldn’t even notice that the sun was partially blocked.

That wasn’t the case on Monday here in Newton County. I took my lunch during the 1 p.m. hour on Monday just so I could examine what was going on. First of all, the sun looked like it does on a very hazy day in a big city, such as Atlanta or New York City.

While the sun was still shining, I could tell it wasn’t at full intensity. According to my car’s temperature gauge, our air temperature dropped about five degrees during the eclipse. Granted, that five degrees meant it was 90 instead of 95, but it was noticeable, especially as it appeared like the clouds disappeared during the height of the eclipse.

And it was cool to look up at the sun through a pair of protective glasses to see the mini crescent of the moon in front of the sun. I couldn’t get a decent picture of the eclipse. My photo turned out about like taking a photo of a mercury vapor street light just because I didn’t have the proper lens.

The only thing that would have made it better was to have been in the full shadow of the moon. Fortunately, we have another solar eclipse in about four years. So I fully intend to make a vacation out of the next one.

It’s events like this that make me feel in awe of the wondrous creation that God made. When you see things like this, you realize that this couldn’t be just a random occurrence.

But we see this all the time. From the beautiful sunsets to the ethereal foggy mornings, it’s just amazing to see God’s wonderful earth.  

Contact Brent at bmaze@-newtoncountyappeal.com.