Yesterday, the Moon blocked out the Sun, and its shadow raced across the United States in a swath of totality stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. Across the nation, hundreds of millions inside and outside this path took a break from their daily routines to don eclipse glasses, aim their telescopes, or peer into pinhole projectors to witness this celestial show.
And while hundreds of millions geared up to watch the eclipse, we at Eos saw your posts to social media. There’s just something about the movements of the cosmos in the digital age that puts the weird, creative, humorous, and inventive on full display. Here’s just a brief window into some lunar lunacy:
1. Missed the basics? There’re emoji for that!
— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) October 5, 2014
2. Here’s the same idea, but live action.
Explaining #Eclipse2017 to my kids. pic.twitter.com/k48Qvswdhh
— Chrissy Lessey (@ChrissyLessey) August 21, 2017
3. In case you’re still confused.
Here’s a demonstration of what you can expect during the #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/4hsbYff0Dw
— Livingroom Lions (@livingroomlions) August 19, 2017
4. No, we couldn’t reschedule the Moon.
Technically she wants to reschedule the moon, the sun and the earth. #SolarEclipse #SolarEclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/H3Dx0r3gPe
— Debarun Roy chowdhur (@Debarun_ray) August 21, 2017
5. Didn’t have eclipse glasses? Not a problem!
Anybody else needs glasses? #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/wppZueLq37
— marc-antoine gagnon (@frogfrenchie) August 21, 2017
6. Ummm…hope you had good luck with that.
Got my eclipse glasses ready lol #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/aCrouLZQ31
— Lloyd Moulton (@VJ_Xtreme65) August 21, 2017
Am I doing it right? #Eclipse2017 @SaintMotel pic.twitter.com/Osc1BOZVkr
— EmilyWild (@GoWildRadio) August 21, 2017
8. Best be on the safe side.
Ya listo preparado para ver el #Eclipse.. JAJAJAJAA!!#EclipseSolar #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/jn2FGdppqU
— Benjamín357™ (@Purusky357) August 21, 2017
The welding helmet method looks to be National Park Service approved, at least 26 years ago.
9. Which glasses to use again?
Enjoy the #SolarEclipse friends! Now which glasses to use? (pls see: https://t.co/lLLFu5pZ5K) #SolarEclipse2017 #wine #Eclipse #EclipseDay pic.twitter.com/sqILEi0KOn
— LeanneLaineWineArt (@Leanne_Laine) August 21, 2017
10. Breakfast portended things to come.
Good morning #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/MLdM8BTwYs
— Brian Perry (@anonyguy) August 21, 2017
11. A chance to hone your inner gourmand.
A sampling of eclipse-themed treats https://t.co/8uJZ058RbW pic.twitter.com/5rGeWe4801
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) August 20, 2017
MoonPies, SunChips, Starburst, and Milky Ways were basic fare at eclipse parties. But as The Oregonian reports, a dessert bar in Portland had “perhaps the most impressive eclipse-themed food item: The Eclipse Magic Cone came in a black charcoal waffle cone tipped with edible gold and filled with marshmallow fluff, golden yellow ginger-spiced turmeric soft-serve ice cream, topped with Pop Rock–cratered black sesame magic shell.”
12. A different kind of crafted beer.
Take in the #Eclipse2017 with an eclipse beer blend pic.twitter.com/pb06jlciX4
— Yard House (@YardHouse) August 21, 2017
Day drinking seemed to get a pass when night invaded midday. Other themed drinks included Blue Moons, Coronas, and even promotional wine labels.
13. We’re not quite sure what this is.
Commemorate the #eclipse2017 with one of our new Back to School 9″ plush cows! Available for $5.99+tax at #cfamurrells pic.twitter.com/2UCGpmV2ID
— CFA Murrells Inlet (@CFAatMurrells) August 21, 2017
Maybe the cow jumped over the Moon during the eclipse??
14. You be you.
This is the only Eclipse I will be watching. pic.twitter.com/T4TaAuYGFv
— Sean Beeson Composer (@SeanBeeson) August 21, 2017
15. If you didn’t have glasses, there was the colander method.
Here’s the current state of the eclipse in Oregon, as seen in the sun’s shadow cast through a colander. pic.twitter.com/j1UZ6KS78Z
— Erin Biba (@erinbiba) August 21, 2017
16. The mesh-umbrella-on-your-face method.
Shadows of the moon, via a mesh umbrella. #eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/eaVXpnzalv
— Lee Billings (@LeeBillings) August 21, 2017
17. The cracker method.
Ritz cracker eclipse!! pic.twitter.com/RTNHkVxOEL
— Sanden Totten (@sandentotten) August 21, 2017
18. The Sun through the trees method.
The eclipse moon seen through the leaves of a tree. #OREclipse pic.twitter.com/fTHkDAaSuF
— Albany FD Oregon (@AlbanyFDOregon) August 21, 2017
19. The whatever-this-is method, seen in the path of totality in Gallatin, Tenn.
A welders mask, reflective pants, and a raindow pony tail. Solar eclipse couture #AGUeclipse pic.twitter.com/0qjzJ5qemd
— Kimberly Cartier (@AstroKimCartier) August 21, 2017
20. Beware of nostril sunburn, warned these astronauts.
Got a sunburn in my nostrils watching the #eclipse2017 with my crew from Houston. @Astro_Jeanette #exp57 pic.twitter.com/BDBSC9SXqr
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) August 21, 2017
21: This Sun wasn’t hiding behind anything!
Now there’s a Sun you can stare at! Via @RandyShowstack in Charleston, S.C. pic.twitter.com/TyfVAFcT2i
— Am Geophysical Union (@theAGU) August 21, 2017
22. A friendly PSA.
The moon be like… #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/4f66yaW7u8
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) August 21, 2017
23. The brave reporters who stared at goats. #goatality
We’re streaming from a fainting goat farm — will they faint during eclipse totality? Let’s find out. https://t.co/gqQGiafqg8
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 21, 2017
24. An eclipse party held by atheists and, oh, the irony.
BIG NEWS! We’re hosting a convention the weekend of the 2017 Solar Eclipse in Charleston SC! https://t.co/R6PiNeQ80g pic.twitter.com/wKPBENSEg2
— American Atheists (@AmericanAtheist) May 26, 2016
Religions have often used eclipses to signal the miraculous or as a harbinger of doom. But this year, the national convention of the American Atheists met in Charleston, within the path of totality.
25. Missed the eclipse? Just fake it.
I’m controlling the moon. c:< #eclipse #BlackOps3 #BO3Paintshop #EmblemEditor #Eclipse2017 pic.twitter.com/7d1n6eYixj
— SiS (@MagicSista24) August 21, 2017
26. The sci-fi genre made this poet’s caution understandable.
scared of the eclipse |
In too many fantasies |
stuff goes very wrong |#haiku
— Brannan (@brannan_vitek) August 21, 2017
From Little Shop of Horrors to the hit TV show Heroes, solar eclipses have long triggered strangeness on TV.
27. Couldn’t get eclipse glasses in time? Here’s a twist of the knife, via haiku.
No #glasses to see
Total #eclipse of the sun?
Just wait seven yearshttps://t.co/UuaIZN2uCI
— Cortney Templeton (@HaikuCat768) August 21, 2017
28. Ah, lonely poet—we can relate.
I am feeling like
A totality loser
Partiality#Eclipse #Eclipse2017 #Haiku
— HaikuMom (@mom_haiku) August 21, 2017
29. This haiku master, keeping it real.
Vacation Haiku – Day 3
Today is laundry
There is a solar eclipse
But mostly laundry
— Crystal L. Roy (@mrsroy44) August 21, 2017
30. Brevity is indeed the soul of wit.
My favorite part was like when the moon went in front of the sun. #Eclipse2017
— Jefferson Freeman (@AFreemansView) August 21, 2017
None of these strange things eclipsed the actual event, which witnesses say was spectacular. Watch the night come to midday in Corvallis, Ore.
Eclipse Shadow coming and going (8x normal speed) pic.twitter.com/aKfZEyvwxp
— Scott Manley (@DJSnM) August 21, 2017
Hear the gasps and cheers of people watching at Oregon State University.
And, of course, relive it:
Got an eclipse funny? Let us know!
—Mohi Kumar (@scimohi), Scientific Content Editor
Also contributing to this story were Eos writers Kimberly Cartier in Gallatin, Tenn., Randy Showstack in Charleston, S.C., and JoAnna Wendel in Corvallis, Ore.
Kumar, M. (2017), Howling at the Moon with eclipse enthusiasts, Eos, 98, https://doi.org/10.1029/2017EO080373. Published on 22 August 2017.
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