Exploring the awe and wonder of a total solar eclipse
Hey - I'm Dr. Kate - Founder of Being in the Shadow.
I chase total eclipses. I talk about eclipses. I write about eclipses. I research eclipses.
I convince people to see eclipses. I help communities prepare for an eclipse.
I have a total addiction to totality.
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BEING IN THE SHADOW is an Australian-based, global eclipse consulting company whose mission is to help people get into the path of totality to experience the wonder and awe of a total solar eclipse.
Evidence-based guidance is provided focusing on two key areas:
THE EXPERIENCE OF TOTALITY
As a psychologist, Kate delves into firsthand totality accounts, helping us understand why a total solar eclipse is so powerful, overwhelming, and life-changing. Through captivating and interactive presentations, she shares these findings with a wide variety of audiences. Drawing upon her own passion and excitement as an eclipse chaser, she will leave no doubt that you MUST experience a total solar eclipse at least once in your lifetime.
COMMUNITY ECLIPSE PLANNING
Research undertaken before and after each eclipse is used to inform guidance that is distributed freely in the form of White Papers on Community Eclipse Planning. Expertise is also shared in consultations, strategic eclipse plans, presentations, seminars, and stakeholder workshops and is used to inform local, state, and national eclipse task force panels and for tourism development.
- A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth once every 18 months on average.
- In any one location, a total solar eclipse is rare, occurring on average once every 375 years.
- The Moon’s dark inner shadow intersects Earth along a thin track known as the path of totality.
- If you are located within the path of totality, you will experience nature’s most amazing spectacle: a total eclipse of the Sun.
- During totality, the Moon blocks the Sun, casting a dark shadow. This is the only time the Sun’s ethereal solar corona (outer atmosphere) is visible to the naked eye.
- Totality is awe-inspiring, beautiful, eerie, and emotional. The experience is hard to describe.
- Many people are so moved by the experience they become “eclipse chasers.”
- You MUST be in the path of totality to experience a total solar eclipse.
- Outside of this path, even if the Sun is 99% covered, the sky is still 10,000 times too bright. You will not experience the full wonder and awe of totality.
- Except during totality, it is never safe to look directly at the Sun. Solar filters compliant with the ISO 12312-2 standard are necessary for safe viewing of the partial phases of the eclipse.
- Only in the path of totality is it safe to view totality without solar filters, as all direct light from the Sun is blocked by the Moon.
- You do not have to be a scientist, an astronomer, or a bearded man with a telescope to enjoy the total eclipse experience.
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ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
OCT 14, 2023
COUNTDOWN TO THE
TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
APRIL 8, 2024
It is never safe to look at the Sun without eye protection, except during totality.
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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO EXPERIENCE A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
Totality happens above you, around you, and within you. Totality is beautiful, awe-inspiring, and life-changing. Intense emotions are felt—primal fear, awe, insignificance, connection, euphoria. But it’s so much more than that!
DO I NEED TO GET INTO THE PATH OF TOTALITY?
YES. The only way to experience totality is to be within the path of totality. Outside of this, you experience a partial eclipse. A partial is interesting but has none of the feel nor any of the awe-inspiring phenomena of totality.
HOW DO YOU BECOME AN ECLIPSE CHASER?
Not everyone becomes an eclipse chaser. But for some people (like me) immediately after your first totality experience, you will just KNOW. You will feel your whole world has shifted, and you will have an irresistible urge to get to the next one. And so the chase begins!
WHAT WILL I SEE IF I CANNOT GET INTO THE PATH OF TOTALITY?
Through solar filters, you will see the Sun being partially blacked out by the Moon. Any projected shadows will be mini-crescents. If in your location the Sun gets more than 70% covered, you may start to notice interesting light effects and feel the temperature drop.
HOW DOES A COMMUNITY WITHIN THE PATH OF TOTALITY PREPARE?
There are many unknowns when preparing a community in the path of totality. Check out the community planning page where you can download my very latest White Paper on Community Eclipse Planning, and other resources.
WHAT’S WITH THE BLACK, WHITE AND RED THEME?
Thanks for noticing! I try to capture the essence of being in the shadow with black and white photography where I can. During totality, prominences appear as red around the Sun, so I use red for my contrast color.
I SAW A TOTAL ECLIPSE ONCE. IT WAS BORING.
I would seriously doubt that you were in the path of totality if you were bored. Many people are mistaken about this. You can easily check by researching the date and looking at the path of totality—if you were not in the path, you didn’t see totality.
WHERE CAN I SEE THE NEXT TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE?
The next total eclipse opportunity is on April 8, 2024, with the path of totality making landfall over Mexico, the U.S., and Canada. But six months before that, on October 14, 2023, an annular eclipse will be visible from parts of the U.S., Central America, and South America.
IS A TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE REALLY ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME?
If you were to wait for the Moon’s shadow to occur over your region, you would be waiting an average of 375 years – more than a lifetime. These days, we can travel into the path of totality every 18 months on average.
A total solar eclipse is an awe-inspiring nature event that can be appreciated by everyone. Whatever you do, make sure you experience a total solar eclipse at least once in your life. You may even join the tribe of people from around the world who love nothing more than to stand in the shadow of the Moon – the community of eclipse chasers. We look forward to seeing you in the shadow.
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