Why you should watch next solar eclipses from a cruise ship

The total solar eclipse on Monday elicited cheers on Holland America Line's Koningsdam. Passengers sat on loungers, beach towels, and Deck 14 railings with tripods  ofMazatlan, Mexico.

When the sliver of fiery orange that remained of the sun disappeared, a black circle ringed by white light took its place. Passengers applauded the moment they'd been awaiting since the ship departed from San Diego on Friday.

The sunny, 72-degree weather – quintessential cruise weather – gave way to chilly wind and late morning’s best impression of sunset. The horizon line glowed orange in the dusky sky.

Cruise ships can help take guests to the path of totality for eclipses, allowing passengers to get a prime viewing spot and make a vacation of it.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the face of the sun as it moves between the sun and Earth.

While the sun is about 400 times bigger than the moon, the moon is roughly 400 times closer to Earth. “In the past, the moon was much closer, and in the future, the moon will be much further away

Total solar eclipses take place about every 18 months on average, but the last one visible from the U.S. was in 2017.


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