Protect Your Eyes.

How does the man on the moon cut his hair?

…ECLIPSE IT!

What did the sun say when it reappeared after the eclipse?

…PLEASED TO HEAT YOU AGAIN!

Ok, ok. No more eclipse jokes. It’s time to get down to business. Monday’s Solar Eclipse was all anyone could talk about, and for good reason. It’s not every day that the moon passes in front of the sun, and gives us a taste of night-time during the day.

Well – that’s what I think we were all expecting, at least.

In Cleveland, we didn’t get the full effect of the eclipse like people in Oregon did. To be honest, it kinda looked like a normal, overcast day in November, but in August.

Around 2:30, I took a break from work to head outside and take a look at the natural phenomenon. I tried every DIY-solar eclipse viewing hack to see it. We tried viewing it through the rear-facing camera on my phone (and definitely didn’t take an eclipse selfie). I tried aluminum foil and an old cereal box. I even tried looking at it directly through my sunglasses…. Don’t try that at home, kids. I was seeing spots for a while.

The best way to see the eclipse? Definitely those silly glasses that everyone was selling. I thought it was a joke. I didn’t see how a pair of glasses that looked like I stole them from the movie theater was going to help me, but it did. I’m glad that one of my colleagues bought a pair!

Space is something that has always fascinated me. I remember my dad waking me up in the middle of the night to watch meteor showers from our front yard, spending hours stargazing, and always imagining what it would be like to be an astronaut. I know that career isn’t in my stars, though.

How do I know that for sure?

I HATE spinny rides, so I could never make it through astronaut bootcamp.

As much as I love learning about space and experiencing it, I’m also glad that it’s over. I don’t have to watch my newsfeed fill up to the brim with Eclipse-talk. The next solar eclipse is set to hot Cleveland in 2024, and I’m already excited! Ohio is one of the lucky states to be on the path for the total eclipse, so get ready for the dark!

Happy Everything,
Sarah

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