April 12, 2024

Why I’m staying home for the April 8 solar eclipse

I didn’t expect to be where I am now.

As a space reporter, I’ve spent the better part of the last decade going back and forth about moving to Florida to live on the Space Coast, where I could watch all the rocket launches and put myself right in the middle of so much space news. occurs. But unfortunately, for a number of reasons, both personal and professional, I’ve been content to stay where I am.

In 2017, shortly after moving to my current hometown, I traveled to Fulton, Missouri, to witness my first total solar eclipse. It was a four-hour drive to get there the night before, and given the popularity of the event, the accommodations I was able to reserve were well below five stars. However, I was there to witness an incredibly awesome celestial event, so it didn’t matter that the sink was blocking the bathroom door.

Seriously, the bathroom door wouldn’t close because the sink was in the way. (Image credit: Josh Dinner)

Related: Here are the most amazing photos and videos from the 2017 solar eclipse

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