“There are lots of issues on this world that photos simply do not do justice,” Rockville, Maryland, father Jamie Nicholas mentioned. “You must be there and it’s important to expertise it.”

Jamie Nicholas, a father in Rockville, Maryland, is seen together with his two sons on this photograph. They’re touring to Ohio to observe the eclipse. (Courtesy Jamie Nicholas)

This 12 months’s whole photo voltaic eclipse isn’t the primary time Rockville, Maryland, father Jamie Nicholas, will journey out of state to go see it.

He’s traveled to get the proper view of a photo voltaic eclipse up to now, and he’s about to pack up and do it as soon as once more subsequent week for Monday’s eclipse.

“It’s a really awe-inspiring expertise,” mentioned Nicholas.

Monday’s whole photo voltaic eclipse will make landfall alongside Mexico’s Pacific coast and cross into Texas and 14 different U.S. states earlier than exiting over Canada.

It will final nearly twice so long as different eclipses for over 4 minutes, with a good wider viewers, than the entire photo voltaic eclipse that stretched coast-to-coast within the U.S. in 2017.

That is when Nicholas traveled to South Carolina so he may very well be within the “path of totality,” which is the realm the place folks on Earth can see the moon cowl the solar utterly.


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“When you lookup, you see this darkish circle within the sky with just a bit bit of sunshine that’s a hoop round it,” Nicholas defined. “I keep in mind pondering that I might perceive 1,000 years in the past when folks appeared up and noticed that, that they’d draw the conclusion that the world was ending.”

For Monday’s eclipse, an estimated 44 million folks reside throughout the path of totality, which extends alongside a slender stretch of land from Texas to Maine.

The moon will shroud the solar for as much as 4 minutes 28 seconds.

Practically everybody on the continent will get to see no less than a partial eclipse.

Nicholas researched locations alongside the trail of totality and located a home for lease in Ravenna, Ohio, which is a roughly five-hour drive from the D.C. area. He shall be bringing his two sons alongside to observe it occur.

“We’ll have a whole yard to ourselves and it’ll simply be extra enjoyable that manner,” Nicholas mentioned.

When the sky goes darkish, Nicholas mentioned he’ll “go searching, make a brief video to share with folks of what it seems like and simply sort of soak up that have.”

“There are lots of issues on this world that photos simply don’t do justice,” Nicholas mentioned. “You must be there and it’s important to expertise it.”

Monday’s eclipse would be the final whole photo voltaic eclipse seen from the decrease 48 states till 2044.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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