This video of the 2017 total solar eclipse at Independence, Oregon is different from most in that it shows the encroachment of the moon’s shadow—and you can hear the crowd, giddy with excitement, cheer when we enter totality. Stay with it. Two minutes later, you’ll see the hills lighten, and you’ll hear the crowd cheer more when we see the Diamond Ring at the end of totality.
The shadow approaches us at about 2,400 mph, because the earth is a sphere. The beginning and end areas of the path of the shadow travel over the earth’s surface faster than in the center, because the shadow is cast over us obliquely. We got 2 minutes of shadow; South Carolina got more like 2-and-a-half minutes.
The eclipse was magical. All your life— You know what daytime is supposed to look like, but this darkening is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And when you see the dark disk where the sun used to be, surrounded by the corona, it’s easy see why the ancients thought it a dragon, demon, or an angry god. I offered to bring the sun back for $1,000, but no one took me up on it.