Millcreek-UT—Rarely spoken in our popular vernacular, the language of pagans, at the Millcreek Senior Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, consisted of many “oooooohs” tones followed by “ahhhhhhh” sounds. The pagans rose their faces to the sun while wearing masks and gazing heaven bound, presumably hoping that Phaeton the son of Helios would make a clear sign to them that this was it.
For about ten minutes they witnessed the blotted out sun, giving the atmosphere a gloomy, apocalyptic appearance. But despite revelations of doomsayers who speculated that perhaps the seven headed monster riding in a chariot of fire might snatch up the pagans and deliver them —there were no monsters or chariots. Phaeton was not spotted this day.
If you Missed This Eclipse
If you missed this eclipse, perhaps because you actually had work to do, don’t feel too bad there will be more opportunities for the pagan gods to make an appearance.
It turns out eclipses really aren’t that infrequent. It just depends on where you are standing on the earth. There will be another total eclipse of the sun in South America and the South Pacific, July 2nd 2019.
In seven years there will be another total eclipse within the US which will strech from Texas throughout the Northeast. On April 2024, the path of the eclipse will begin far to the east then dip down into Mexico. It would probably be a great time to book your trip now for this event in just seven years.
The last time total solar eclipse was visible from the mainland of the U.S. was 1979, but it was only visible in the Northwest.