We are in the path of the full solar eclipse and over 1,500,000 people are traveling to the region to see it. And I have first day of classes. Some people are cancelling because they want to see the eclipse. Should I? How big of a deal is it? If it were during the semester, I’d just ask students how important it is to them. But it starts before I get a chance to meet them.
We are not in the exact spot where you can see the totality of the eclipse. For the totality, one has to drive about 20 mins south. People say there’s an enormous difference between the totality and just 99% but I’m definitely not driving anywhere. Crowds of eager eclipsers on the highway are not the environment I want to be in.