It's supposed to be clear here tonight, so I promised I'd make sure we could see it and then wake up my daughter so she could see it and take pictures.
It is the memory that will be engraved into your daughters' mind tonight, what she will use to compare with the next one she sees in 2033. Hopefully with you there watching too. With luck me too, the Lord willing and the creek don't rise ( I was and always will be a John Wayne fan).
Speaking of taking pictures, it must be frustrating to both Palintir and Graeme (you guys take great pics) to be in the wrong place at the right time ( watch that NASA live feed ).
To The_Jordanator, you should watch it, the next one for you will be in double your time of existance (to date) plus three or so years.
Clear skies forecast for tonight in good ole' England
...but to see the "fullest" eclipse I'm gonna have to get up at 3.47am
"Fullest" is when the moon is in the deepest part of the Earth's shadow and when, hopefully, it'll be red
What makes astronomical events like this so special is they remind us that we're not in a car, we're not at home, or watching a game - we're on a ball of rock hurtling around a sun
More humbling still is that our lives are not even a blink on the cosmic screen. Of the billions who saw this same eclipse in 1910, possibly 250 thousand are still alive.
Halley's Comet passed by in 1986, with 75 yrs between each pass, it will be 2061 when next seen. I would be 110 years young at that point (not good odds).
Some of you reading this WILL here to see it. Am I jealous, not really. Do I envy you, yes. So, barring a Big Super Volcano (extinction), a Bloody big Asteriod (more extinction) or some damn idiot with an itchy trigger finger on some blasted Great Big Red Button (damned followed shortly by extinction). Please think back to this time, this day, this minute and my wishing well to you.