turn around, bright eyes

5:19 PM

I'm really into once-in-a-lifetime science opportunity stuff. But when I was informed about the first solar eclipse that the United States has seen in eighteen years, I gave a nonchalant, "Oh! Cool story, bro."

Because I've already tapped that. UP TOP!

Don't get me wrong, I, like the rest of the Western United States population, checked out the celestial phenomenon last night. But it was cloudy, and Provo's view only gave us a partial eclipse anyway so it's whatever.

Two years ago, French Polynesia was the sweet spot for a solar eclipse. The best view was in the Tuamotu islands, though mainland Tahiti still hosted a good shot of the action. AND I WAS TOTALLY THERE.

Every convenience store around carried those special colored filtered sun glasses things and the entire Tahitian population was talking about it for weeks. It was also awesome because Adam was in town, (a great beginning to a fantastic, fun-filled week of vacation).

It was definitely one of the coolest things I've ever seen. I was especially amazed at how much darker the world became. Exhibit B, below, is about a half hour later than Exhibit A, above.

These photos are completely un-edited. Look how much darker that is! It was also about ten degrees cooler.

God gave us some weird stuff to get excited about. But this shiz is super cool.

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  1. I had totally forgotten about this, if I ever knew. So cool you guys got to do that!


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