On Monday, everyone in the lower 48 United States had a chance to see a solar eclipse, when the moon blocks at least part of the sun for some period of time. What made Monday’s eclipse so special was that there was a total solar eclipse when the moon blocks the entire sun for about two and a half minutes. Furthermore, the path of this total solar eclipse went from the west to the east coast of the United States. That’s the first time it happened since 1918. The next total solar eclipse won’t happen for about another 18 months, but the US won’t see one until 2024.
I’m not a science buff, but sometimes, NBA players talk about these events like the rest of us. Marcin Gortat was apparently in the path of the total solar eclipse on Monday — or he got video from someone who was. Here’s his blow by blow breakdown without my blow by blow analysis of his analysis, from his Instagram stories.
Then the sky starts to get darker (part 2 of 5) pic.twitter.com/BmisHyRt8W— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) August 22, 2017
And darker (part 3 of 5) pic.twitter.com/6jzwcy12XF— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) August 22, 2017
Is it the end of the world? (part 4 of 5) pic.twitter.com/sOVaKiciCO— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) August 22, 2017
...and it ends (part 5 of 5) pic.twitter.com/Kxjtx5lkE8— Bullets Forever (@BulletsForever) August 22, 2017
In a nutshell, I kinda agree with Gortat on this one. How do people get so worked up about a major event that lasts for just a couple minutes? Then again, it’s really cool to see that the sky’s dark when it’s midday. Stuff like this doesn’t happen every day you know.