On August 21, North America will get its best view of a total eclipse of the sun since February 1999. Rather than fly to some remote part of the world, tens of millions of people will flock to the narrow strip of totality that will extend for 4,000 km from coast-to-coast in the US. Bad weather and cloud cover notwithstanding, it’s gonna be a spectacular show.
Solar eclipses have inspired awe since we came down from the trees. Ancient peoples used to freak out when the sun disappeared in the middle of the day, leading to rituals that scared the darkness away and returned the sun to its rightful spot in the sky.
Kudos to whoever came up with the brilliant idea of having an Ozzy Osbourne concert right in the centre of the eclipse’s path at the spot where it will last the longest at 2 minutes and 41 seconds. The Moonstock Music Festival in Walker’s Bluff, a vineyard near Carterville, Illinois, will feature headliner Ozzy Osbourne who will, er, bark at the moon before launching into his set.
Anyone who has ever seen a total solar eclipse never forgets the experience. To have Ozzy bark during such a magnificent is either the coolest or dumbest thing ever. I can’t decide.
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