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The Agony and the Ecstasy in the Cretaceous

Sophia and Maddie stand in front of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops skeleton – each pair like buddies in a road trip movie – ... Read more »

"There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

The Trip to Totality – The Pale Blue Dot

Night falls on our 15 hour overnight road trip to see the total solar eclipse. The bright orange clouds tinted with neon reds and yellows ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Citizen Science

When Maddie asked if she could use my centrifuge for her sixth grade science project I immediately said yes. We’d been brainstorming ideas as I was mixing chocolate powder into milk. She was curious as to how much of the ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Letter to the School

Dear Mr H******: I am writing to let you know that I will be taking my daughters to see the Great American Eclipse. I realize this is the beginning of the school year, but because of the rarity and magnitude of ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – A Luna Eclipse?

Back in 2015 I told the girls we were going to watch a full lunar eclipse. Maddie held up her fluffy white cat Luna. “You mean a Luna eclipse?” “Granted she’s fluffy and white and reflects light, but no.” We loaded ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Great American Public Lands

As we planned our trip to Idaho, I pulled up the map and showed the girls the path of The Great American Eclipse across the United States. The shadow on the map made a cross-country swoop from the Pacific in ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Michael Collins & The Photo

I was driving Maddie somewhere on one of those bright hot summer days that washed out the sky and the desert so wide you feel alone in all the space. We were talking about the moon and the up coming ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – A Couple of Test Photos

My youngest texted me: go see the moon. She was on an evening walk with friends and knows I love to see a good moonrise. I grabbed the camera and tripod and headed out the door with my mind on ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – Helpful Websites

Hey Eclipse Fans: I’ve been studying the hell out of maps, photography, and of course eclipse websites and books. First off, I ordered two Full Aperture (Solarlite) filters for each of our zoom lenses from Thousand Oaks Optical. After a bit of ... Read more »

The Trip to Totality – 43 Days

One day I was driving around in a California oilfield when I heard the writer and astronomer Kelly Beatty on NPR's Here and Now, talking with Jeremy Hobson, about how stunned and awed he is whenever he sees a solar ... Read more »

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