Yes, today’s annular eclipse in Colorado was likely cool to see. But back in 2017 there was a partial eclipse that brought 92% totality to Denver. “Wowie zowie,” as a young Tom Clancy would have said. And I was prepared to be appropriately impressed. But this is how Denver looked at 92% totality:
Meh. I was so disappointed in 2017. I wasn’t outside with special glasses, but I had expected so much more. Like, almost dark. 92% dark. As you can see above, that’s obviously not how sunlight works.
So, today. An annular eclipse. A “ring of fire” eclipse. That’s pretty special. And yes, there was a perfect ring, annularity, visible here in Colorado. But it was down in the Four Corners part of the state. Minor little detail: That’s an 8-hour drive from here. Sure it would have been fun to be there. But not enough fun to get me into the car for 8 hours. And certainly not for a round trip.
So, here in Denver we had only 84% totality. As in 2017, things looked a little “off.” Hard to describe. Very slightly dimmed, and yet the sky seemed no darker. Nor did my thermometer indicate any temperature drop, although that was reported elsewhere.
Also unlike in 2017, the media this time are so focused on national and international news that a mere celestial event garnered virtually no mention. (Except on the Weather Channel, bless ’em.)