This hasn’t been much of a research week for me. I’m more focused on the fiction side of my writing at the moment, rather than the science stuff.
So today I’m just sharing some artwork, something I didn’t quite get done in time for the eclipse.
You know, we are kind of lucky that we have these total solar eclipses. By some amazing coincidence, our large Sun and small Moon appear to be the same size in Earth’s sky, allowing the Moon to perfectly cover up the Sun.
That doesn’t happen anywhere else in the Solar System. That perfect planet-moon-star alignment is likely rare, perhaps even unique in our galaxy. So whenever we make first contact with aliens, and they start bragging about their luminous forests or crystal waterfalls or whatever, we Earthlings will have a unique and beautiful thing to brag about to: we have total solar eclipses.