|Photo © 2003 Rick Day|
Sure as the world, if I didn't go, there'd be people who would show up and wonder where I was. As I rounded the corner of 5th and "D". I couldn't believe my eyes. At least 40 to 50 people were waiting in the parking lot of the Ft Smith Little Theatre, and about 10 of those were members with telescopes. Thank goodness for that little glint of sunlight!!!
By the time the partially eclipsed moon began peeking through the broken clouds, our crowd was down to 35 to 40 people. Even though we lost sight of the moon periodically, what we did see was impressive. Just before second contact the moon showed only faint hints of the reddish color we all expected. (See photo)
After totality began, the moon virtually disappeared. For me it was the darkest eclipse since the "black moon" of December 1992. We waited it out, and got our eclipse!