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REFLECTIONS: "Total Eclipse of 2017"

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"Reflections" on the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
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COWETA Okla. - For full effect of the awe of the moon and sun and to get the mood and aesthetic of this article, play Stevie Nicks’ "Planets of the Universe” while reading.

On August 21, 2017, the people of Earth experienced a total solar eclipse. A total solar eclipse is a phenomenon where the sun moves behind the moon, turning day into a night with only a silhouette of the moon showing in the sky.

While Oklahoma was not in the path of totality, where the sky went totally dark, according to Space.com we only had 0.9 of the magnitude of the eclipse.

Many cultures have myths about the eclipse. Many of us believe a full moon brings about bad luck and mischief. The Vietnamese believed the sun was being eaten by a giant celestial frog.

Ancient Greeks believed their gods and goddesses were angry with them and thus took away the sun. Inuit folklore says the sun goddess and the moon god were quarreling and the sun goddess stormed off only to have the moon god catch up with her.

I made plans with one of friends to go to a local watch party at the library. However, the day of the eclipse was her son’s first day of school and she was drowning in the mom sorrow of seeing her little boy off for the very first time. I was left to my own devices.

My stepdad manages Lampton Welding Supply in Tulsa and he set aside special glasses and lenses for my mom and me. The special coated glasses for welding that could be used for the eclipse was completely sold out of his store days prior.

Around 12:45 p.m. I went out on my back porch with safety glasses and filter lens. I live in a neighborhood that is still under construction so my soundtrack to the eclipse was the sound of hammers, engines and AC/DC.

In the shade, I put on my glasses and held the lens up to the sun, seeing the shadow perfectly. I could easily see how people once thought the sun was being eaten.

An entire chunk was gone! As I stepped into the sunlight, the wind felt cooler than it had earlier that day.

I went back and forth several times to check the eclipse. Perhaps I was not out long enough, but I felt a bit underwhelmed of it all. For the next eclipse, I want to trek to the path of totality and preferably with a hammock. Who knows where I’ll be then.

Maybe I’ll see it in 2019 in South America or I’ll see it 2021 in Australia. To me, that’s the best thing about the eclipse, you never know how life will change in between them.

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Chelsea Copeland is a native Oklahoman, born in Tulsa and raised in Coweta. She graduated from...

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