Rebecca and Woody Fridae attended a Gildart family gathering in Salem, Oregon this week. Salem was one of the cities directly in the path of the solar eclipse, which happened mid-morning on Monday, Aug. 21.
Although both of them have seen partial eclipses before, they commented that a total eclipse is “so totally unlike a partial eclipse.”
Woody noted while photographing this eclipse, he had to adjust his camera to about a 1000 times more sensitive from just before the totality to the total eclipse. During the total eclipse, it rather suddenly goes completely dark, he said, allowing you to see stars and planets.
“I never would have understood the amazing difference of a partial and a total eclipse if we had not experienced this,” he added.
In Winters, there was an 80 percent eclipse, and although it became noticeably darker for a short while around 10:15 a.m., there was nowhere near total darkness.
This is the first time a total eclipse has crossed the United States from coast to coast since 1918. The next ones will occur over the U.S. in 2024, 2045, 2052 and 2078.