The happenstance solar eclipse
Dr. Terry Z. Martin
December 7, 2012
I was 8 years old and living in Thailand when the great total eclipse of the sun occurred right there above my school in downtown Bangkok. Teachers had handed out dark film to look through. It was seven minutes long! I recall the racing rays of the returning sunshine sweeping across the sky. I became interested in the sky from that moment. Next year I had a small telescope, and Mars was at perihelic opposition, and I knew what my life was for.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.