If today’s vibe is a little off or it seems like people are acting a little weird, there might be a reason for it – a total solar eclipse will happen around 3:30pm our time today. That’s when the moon aligns completely with the sun, blacking out its light and casting a narrow shadow of complete darkness on the surface of the earth.
We won’t be able to see the phenomenon in person here in Chicago as the path of totality is only crossing southern portions of the Pacific Ocean and South America. But we can check it out live online thanks to NASA and several other astronomy observation sites. Find more links to watch here.
There are people who chase eclipse totalities all around the world, the way others chase tornados… and after I saw the one that crossed the U.S. back in 2017, I can understand why. I took a road trip down to Carbondale to see it with my girl Melissa Forman and my dog Barry… the trip there and back was a comedy of errors (we’re kind of like Lucy & Ethel -- see the evidence in the video below!), but we did make it in time to see it and it was AMAZING!