It’s more than just looking up into the sky at a celestial event—at least it can be. Tomorrow’s total, solar eclipse, as fascinating a sight as it will be, is an opportunity for us in its path to look away from ourselves into the face of a universe that eclipses us all.
Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day, but when I follow the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth; I ascend to Zeus himself to feast me on ambrosia, the food of the gods. — Ptolemy
When eleven-year-old Ty Elrod goes to school on Monday mornings, he finds conversations to sometimes be a bit dull. “I tell my friends about it, but they seem to be preoccupied with basketball and other stuff.”