Totality: Irish eyes watch as Nebraska descends into darkness

Totality: the total solar eclipse as seen from Grand Island, NE on August 21, 2017 (NTV News)

The earth descends into darkness as the sun hides its face.

It’s the moment some have awaited for decades.


“It was just such an experience,” Damien Carrick said, at a loss for words. “Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.”

Awash in the glow of this cosmic event in a moment that lived up to expectations for the Carrick Family of Galway, Ireland, as they turned their view skyward.

Damien said, “We had a long journey. We had a seven-and-a-half hour flight, eleven-and-a-half hour flight, but it was well worth it.”

Like many among the thousands at Stuhr Museum in Grand Island, they were drawn by the opportunity to see this rare phenomenon, with prime eclipse viewing of more than two and a half minutes.

“This was my first experience with a total eclipse. It was just amazing,” Mrs. Carrick said.

Planning began many moons ago.

Damien said, “We've planned it for a year. Booked our hotel a year ago today.”

Earth's lone heavenly satellite broke the plane of the sun, as the air grew cooler and crickets began to chirp.

Damien paused. He said, “You can feel at this stage we're about 10–15 minutes away, you can feel the chill come into the air, feel a bit of wind.”

These Irish eyes taking in a sight they'd never seen.

“I think they will remember this for quite some time,” Damien said, surrounded by his wife and three children.

The celestial view matched by Nebraska hospitality.

“Nothing like it. Fantastic experience.”

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