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A reflection on the “Great American Eclipse”—and the beauty of an unexplained phenomenon

I could never have anticipated what would happen when I took my grandson, Max, to see his first eclipse

By Frank Close  

The "Great American Solar Eclipse". Photo: PA

I waited 45 years for my first total solar eclipse before finally seeing it on 11 August 1999, in Cornwall. It was cloudy.

Solar eclipses are repeated every 18 years, 10 and 1/3 days, which brings us to 21 August 2017. The one-third is important: in that extra 8 hours the Earth spins eight time-zones. So instead of Cornwall, this time I headed for the western United States and the so-called “Great American Eclipse.” I decided to take my 7 years old grandson,…

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