Toyota sent me a Hybrid Highlander so I could make my way to Carbondale, IL to view the solar eclipse! Such an awesome experience. Out of all the planets in the Solar System, Earth is the only planet that experiences total solar eclipses. Check below for some more fun facts about the eclipse!
The landscape darkens gradually, not all at once.
Even though the Sun was still extremely bright to look at during totality, it created an effect on Earth that's unlike the light of sunrise or sunset. Everything was muted/blueish and greyed out, kind of like someone had placed a light filter over the world. The changed quality-of-light was something that needs to be experienced to understand.
Only the planet Venus and one star was visible during totality.
The horizon turned red during totality even though there was no sunrise or sunset. Pictures do not do it justice.
The temperature dropped by 15 degrees.
The first sliver of sunlight to reappear after totality was hundreds of times brighter than the corona.
The 2024 eclipse will be twice as long and even darker than the 2017 eclipse. The eclipse shadow will be twice as wideand last for more than 4 minutes.