Pencil Shavings | Tessa Blair

Photo credit: Bobby Jones - The Sentry

Photo credit: Bobby Jones

You’re probably sick of reading stories about the eclipse of 2017, tired of seeing Instagram photos of friends in protective eyewear, and done hearing about how amazing an event it was. Well, I’m sorry, because I’m going to tell you again.

As the time reached 11:47 a.m. and Denver witnessed the maximum 92.31 obscurance of the eclipse, many were left disappointed. “That was it?” students said as the moon slowly drifted away from the sun again, as if this rare natural phenomenon that could be witnessed right from campus wasn’t good enough for them.

We live in a world where we get to experience things that people decades ago could only dream of. Movies have CGI indistinguishable from reality, questions can be researched and answered almost immediately with a few taps of our fingers on a screen, and we can see high-res photographs of planets and galaxies millions of miles away. With all the wonder experienced every day, people have lost an appreciation for it.

On Aug. 21, a celestial body 93 million miles away from Earth was obstructed from view as the path of another celestial body 238,900 miles from Earth crossed it. The heat felt from the star that keeps Earth alive was reduced by a palpable 10 degrees, just from the shadow of a moon a tiny fraction of its size. The brightness of the surrounding world went from a sunny morning light to the dimness of dusk in a matter of seconds.

This natural occurrence is so incredibly interesting and surreal, and the fact that it could be seen from the entire continental United States is even more so, yet people just shrugged their shoulders and said, “eh.”

Life is an amazing, beautiful thing, and there are so many wonderful things to notice every day that sometimes it is hard to remember to appreciate them. This eclipse reminded me of that. Every day is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I am going to try to treat them as such.


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