Along with a zillion other people in the US, I witnessed the total solar eclipse today. Yes, it was amazing and yes, I feel somewhat addicted. The quality of light just before totality was something I’d never before experienced –and the sun’s flash just as it reappeared was something I’ll never forget. Apparently the next one will be in South America on July 2, 2019–and the next one in the US will be April 8, 2024. Oooh!
Amazing that us humans can accurately predict these phenomena –to the exact place and time –to the second. Seems like our predictions work! These predictions, of course, are grounded in the physical sciences.
At the same time, many people insist that scientists are mistaken or misguided when they predict global climate change. I wonder if any of those people saw the eclipse. If so, they might want to reflect on their contradiction.