|Today's eclipse at the greatest coverage of the Sun, about 80%|
There was an eclipse today! This is perhaps not entirely news to my North American readers, as the eclipse was visible to some extent across the entire United States. The eclipse was not a total eclipse, as the Moon was farther from the Earth, and could not completely cover the disk of the Sun. This is called an annular eclipse. Those on the main path of the eclipse were treated with the "ring of fire" effect, as the edge of the Sun formed a perfect ring around the Moon. I didn't have the opportunity to be in that area, so I've settled for the "near miss" of about 80% coverage of the Sun.
|Sandhill Cranes at the San Luis National Wildlife Refuge|
We were a bit curious if the bird behavior would be affected by the darkening skies, as sometimes happens with total eclipses, but we didn't notice anything unusual.
Our experience with the total eclipse in 2017 was stressful (and crowded), yet spectacular. Today was peaceful and we had the refuge to ourselves.
see the pictures and story here), at totality the sky turned dark as night, stars became visible, and the temperature dropped around 20 degrees in mere moments.