Solar eclipse

Dear Grayson,

I chose your letter today because of your awesome drawing of a celestial body in space. Yesterday, North America had a full solar eclipse. Where I live, the moon was projected to cover 94% of the sun’s light at around 3:30 in the afternoon. Around that time, we would experience something approaching darkness. We knew it wouldn’t get as dark as places where there would be a full 100% eclipse, but 94% seemed close enough.

So, I made a pinhole camera, and we headed out to the Atlantic coast near Peggy’s Cove (which has a famous lighthouse, but that’s another story). Anyway, we waited for the big event, and carefully checked the moon’s progress using my homemade pinhole camera.

It was very exciting to see the moon cutting into the sun as predicted. It slowly creeped across, but we didn’t experience a change in light. After some time (it felt like ages), the shadow of the moon got smaller, and the sun came out again. We experienced nothing. NOTHING!

That doesn’t make for much of a story, does it? We came home deflated. I was able to watch the full eclipse that happened elsewhere on the news last night, but that is not at all the same. My only positive takeaway is to try to remember exactly how disappointed I felt about this once-in-a-lifetime event, and to use that feeling of disappointment in a new story I’ll someday write.

It’s not much. But it’s something. I guess. The next full solar eclipse will be in 2044.

Don’t miss it.

Happy reading,

Jessica