By. Chris Stritzel
It is not everyday that a Full solar Eclipse takes place. it isn't even common in St. Louis. The last one to past through here was in the late 1400s. How do historians know? SCIENCE. The spectacle that was the "Great American Eclipse" is now over. Yet everyone who was in the path of totality now has a story and memory to tell for many years to come. For most of the St. Louis region, as totality fell, the region stood still. In my personal experience, I know it did.
Where I go to school, a highway sits adjacent to it. As the totality fell, cars began to low down and even came to a stop on the highway. Everyone was stopped, and I am assuming, gazing at the rare spectacle that Millions of Americans got to enjoy today. Besides cars on a highway, businesses were closed for the moment so everyone could go and see the Eclipse. Even fast food restaurants closed momentarily so everyone could see. It really was like everything was standing still. It was a very interesting feeling and one that I am happy that I was here to see.
Across the city, parties and celebrations took place in parks and squares where everyone could get together and enjoy the event as one. Politics, Race and religion were set aside for a short time as everyone enjoyed the event. Everyone really only cared about what was going on above. Wouldn't be nice if it stayed that way? sadly, it did not. Yet we all took part in a piece of history. Another Coast to Coast Eclipse will not happen for over a century (and by then, most of will be long gone). But that does not mean that we can ignore or forget it!
Social media does wonders and so chances of you seeing an eclipse video, or a photo like the one above, or other things is pretty high. The media on TV will even show it for a while. But to those who did not see it and will have to stick to Recordings to see it, it was more spectacular in real life. Yet, as the City stood still, we will all have memories of this day and we will never forget it!
Next Solar Eclipse: April 8, 2024.
Totality nearest to us: Cape Girardeau or Carbondale.
Meanwhile, the President seemed to enjoy what he could see from Washington.
And for those who are really interested in viewing all of the great photos taken by myself today, click through the gallery below. Each one was taken using an iPhone 7 Plus and a Olloclip lens costing roughly $125 from Best Buy. These Photos are truly “Shot on iPhone”.