• Des & Sandie Nichols


Updated: Oct 26, 2020

For the first time in 99 years a Total Eclipse of the sun crossed America from the Pacific to Atlantic. So it was inevitable that we would get in the car and drive 4 hours to a small town in South Carolina called Santee to witness the spectacle. Whilst astrology has always been fascinating, the idea of looking through a long telescope at distant specks of light at the back of our solar system never really seemed particularly thrilling. But the Eclipse is different. The cosmos visits us and performs its star trick so we can see it with the naked eye. And what a trick it was. Some things never disappoint, however much they are hyped: the Taj Majal under a full moon, Ayers Rock or whatever they renamed it standing proud out of the Australian outback, having a runner in the Grand National (!)... and the Total Eclipse is up there on the top shelf. A partial Eclipse is a just a tease; the light with even 1% of the sun showing gives enough light that makes no difference. But when the moon slides over that 1% and becomes the pupil in the sun's eye, something miraculous happens. Sandie, who initially wasn't that excited about it all, just burst into tears as we were plunged into a sinister darkness and the sun's glowing corona circled the black moon. She found it that beautiful, that incredible and that phenomenal. Even the 5 hour traffic jam to get us home didn't take the shine of one of nature's greatest performances.

Sandie in her D&G eclipse glasses

Where is the sun again?

10 minutes to go....

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