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                          Experiencing a Total Solar Eclipse

     Me and friends took a driving trip this summer to be in the
path of totality for a solar eclipse. More than anything else, we
wanted to see the corona, which can only be seen, in the path of
totality. We had seen photos of a corona many times, but none of
us had never seen one in person.
     We picnicked as the eclipse began, the moon’s shadow
gradually covering more and more of the sun. [A] About half an
hour before totality, we could see a difference in the light seemed
diffuse. We watched the colors around us wash out. The
temperature cooled, a breeze began by which the air felt damp,
and the insects started buzzing.
     As the time of totality grew near, in conclusion, the sky got
darker and the lights came on in the parking lot where we stood.
The sky darkened more, and someone exclaimed, ”There is a
star!” A planet had appeared—as if it were night. We looked
through our eclipse glasses, waiting for the moon to obscure the
sun completely, waiting to see the corona, that black hole where
the sun should be.
     There was the corona, the black hole with wispy white-light 
streamers in a perfect circle around it. For two and a half
minutes, we stood in awe. All of  a sudden, the sun was blindingly
bright, and then—just like that—the  corona was gone.
     Once again, there was the sun, our normal sun, which looked 
like a big bite taken. Totality was over. Light returned quickly.
The air warmed back to a hot summer day. We looked up one
last time through our eclipse glasses at the diminishing darkness
covering the sun, and we got in our car and drove home,
enraptured by our experience in the path of totality of a solar