The Great American Eclipse of 2017 is one day gone now and life is getting back to normal…or as normal as it ever get on the Outer Banks during the summer.
North of Oregon Inlet the sun was somewhere between 75-80% occluded. The thought is that would be immediately obvious, but as we discovered, not necessarily. The light did fade a bit, and there was a bit of a different quality to it, but by no means did it come even close to twilight or darkness.
Farther south, it would have been darker. Certainly Ocracoke would have noticed the difference, but where Brindley Beach Vacations is located, the light didn’t seem to fade all that much.
There was still a lot to see though.
The moon did cross in front of the sun, and if it didn’t hid it completely, anyone wearing the right glasses had a chance to see a truly amazing spectacle.
A lot of people did manage to have glasses, but there were plenty of low tech viewing boxes on hand—a pinhole in a box captured the light of the sun and projected the creeping moon on the the back of the box.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park seemed to take the honors for most popular viewing site, although there appeared to be a lot of people at the Wright Brothers Monument as well.
For those that missed this eclipse, don’t be too despondent. The next on is less than seven years away—April 8, 2024. Unfortunately it doesn’t look as though the Outer Banks will be in line for the party—more of an inland track, beginning in Texas and working its way to upstate New York.