Shanghai Eclipse 2009

Eclipse Shanghai 2009

Eclipse Over Shanghai 2009

Today was amazing. There was a full solar eclipse over Shanghai.

Despite the fact it was cloudy and raining, we still felt humbled by the complete darkness that descended over the city. I have to admit, I thought it would get “kinda dark” – but when it went “midnight” dark I was really blown away. Everyone in the crowd around me suddenly went very quiet. It’s easy to see why eclipses would have been such massive events in times before people understood them. Even now, I could feel some ancient “oh shit, what’s happening” instinct kicking in.

One good thing about the clouds: A few million less Chinese people will suffer eye damage from staring at the sun. In a country where people use their fingers as “welding masks”, the weather gods brought a blessing today.

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