Unless you have recently arrived on planet earth it has been impossible to miss the months long build up to the solar eclipse which will trace a path across the United States from sea to shining sea. While San Diego is outside of the path of the total eclipse, we’ll still experience a 60% eclipse here.
Our partial eclipse begins around 9:00 am, when the moon touches the sun’s edge. The maximum eclipse is around 10:20 am and it’s all over around 11:46 am.
There are viewing parties at numerous locations, but because we love libraries, here’s a link to those libraries in the city which are hosting viewings.
NASA is live streaming the event:
If you don’t wake up until noon and miss the whole thing, read Annie Dillard’s nonfiction masterpiece “Total Eclipse“.
The next North American total solar eclipse isn’t until 2024.
And of course we have a video.
Bonus video! For those of you out there who are gagged out on the hyperscientific/hyperrational explanations/observations about the eclipse, here’s something to restore a sense of wonder and mystery. Well, maybe more like befuddlement. It’s a mashup of The Simpsons, The DaVinci Code, Donnie Darko, Bowie’s Black Star, Star Wars, a bunch of apocalyptic movies, clips I have never seen before and much, much more — all very weird. I assume it makes some kind of sense for the creator, but it has me scratching my head and asking WTF?!?
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