“The Great American Eclipse: 2017,” the path of totality – the narrow path where the sun was (not) seen completely eclipsed by the moon — cut straight through the middle of Idaho. The viewing conditions were absolutely optimal, the sky was crystal clear and entered into view for approximately two minutes and forty seconds.
“At the beginning and end of totality, the thin middle layer of the Sun’s atmosphere, the chromosphere, blazes in an arc of ruby red. The sky darkens to a deep twilight blue, with yellow, orange, and pink sunrise/sunset colors on the horizon in all directions. Bright stars and planets shine forth, and the air temperature drops noticeably. Birds and farm animals, thinking dusk has settled, return to their nests and barns, and bats come out to feed.”
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