The Solar Eclipse of 2017

08.21.17 09:27 PM Comment(s) By Rich

Joyce and I walked down to the Hudson River today and filmed the time-lapse footage of the solar eclipse below.

My father told me that my great-grandmother remembered the total eclipse of 1918. She remembered that it freaked out the chickens.  

Two of the folks who shared our
eclipse glasses.
For us it was a delightful time of sharing our eclipse glasses with over 20 strangers from all over the world (London, Hungary, Italy, Pakistan) and just a few neighborhoods away. 

The solar eclipse is proof of the miraculous three-hour darkness in the sky at the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The longest total eclipse in America today was in Makanda, IL, and it only lasted 2:41 seconds. In the path of total eclipse people saw stars and planets, as early historians recorded about the darkness at the time of the Crucifixion. Phlegon, a Greek historian wrote around AD 137:
In the fourth year of the 202nd Olympiad (i.e., AD 33) there was ‘the greatest eclipse of the sun’ and that ‘it became night in the sixth hour of the day so that stars even appeared in the heavens. There was a great earthquake in Bithynia, and many things were overturned in Nicaea.’
But at Passover, when Jesus became the final Passover Lamb, the moon was in the wrong place for a solar eclipse. In AD 221 Africanus wrote in History of the World:
For the Hebrews celebrate the passover on the 14th day according to the moon, and the passion of our Savior falls on the day before the passover; but an eclipse of the sun takes place only when the moon comes under the sun. And it cannot happen at any other time but in the interval between the first day of the new moon and the last of the old, that is, at their junction: how then should an eclipse be supposed to happen when the moon is almost diametrically opposite the sun?
For more about the extra-biblical scholars who reported the darkness click here.

Because we're about 700 miles away from the path of a total eclipse we only had 71.4% obscuration.

If you're interested in a relationship with the One who blocked the sun longer than our moon can click here:

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