My friend Professor Jay Pasachoff recorded this blog post on the day that is exactly three years before the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse. Jay is a leader in the solar eclipse community and has likely seen more solar eclipses than anyone else. His present count is 59, of which 31 are total solar eclipses, 15 are annular solar eclipses, and 13 are partial solar eclipses. He is the chair of the International Astronomical Union’s Working Group on Eclipses and is the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. He has also written several books on solar physics and astronomy.
Jay has a gift for expressing the beauty and science of a total solar eclipse in a way that anyone can understand. From the beginning of the podcast:
A total solar eclipse is the most inspiring thing, and beautiful thing, that anybody on Earth can see. The Sun going dark, being covered by the moon in the middle of the day, is awe-inspiring and even frightening, and has been so for thousands of years. We in the United States are going to benefit from the band of totality of a total solar eclipse crossing the United States from upper left to lower right, from Northwest to Southeast on August 21, 2017. I am making this podcast to mark the minus-third anniversary of this wonderful event.
Listen to this podcast and be inspired: http://cosmoquest.org/x/365daysofastronomy/2014/08/21/aug-21st-the-minus-third-anniversary-of-the-2017-us-crossing-total-solar-eclipse/