I, too, felt off-kilter, a bit dizzy, but I thought perhaps it was because I was looking up so much. Don’t know. Sometimes we doubt our feelings. One reason people have so few other-worldly experiences.
Eerie dim-darkness enveloped the countryside.We watched as the moon crept across the face of Ra, and then El Whamo.
We ripped off our glasses. And there it was, the corona.
The temperature dropped 20 degrees. It was unsettling to feel how vulnerable we are, drop a shade over the sun, and the result is immediate—darkness and cold. A star, thinking it was night, blinked. Whoops it wasn’t night. A minute and 50 some seconds later a crescent of Ra appeared. Put on glasses!
Eventually total eclipses will be no more, for the moon is moving away from us at the rate of 1 ½ inches per year. Rats. I don't like that idea. The last total eclipse will be about 620 million years from now.
Scientists don't fully understand why. One explanation offered by NASA is that the gas collects “heat bombs” that fly off the sun into that gaseous layer where they explode giving off heat. The corona extends far into space, and affects solar winds. Eclipses give scientists an opportunity to see, and thus to study, the corona.