There seems to be a lot of excitement about the solar eclipse that will pass over the US on Monday and many people are making plans to go to places where they can get the best view. You can see those locations here. The path of the total eclipse goes quite close to me, just south of where I live but I will not bother to make even that small effort.
To be quite honest, I am not at all excited by it. I may look out the window during the eclipse but that’s about it. I just do not see what the excitement is about something that is a purely natural event that has been predicted down to the second. The fact that it will go dark during the day is nothing unusual. It does that during cloudy days and when there are thunderstorms.
I feel the same lack of excitement with comets and meteor showers and the like. I just cannot be bothered to make any effort see them. But because I am a scientist, I feel a little guilty that my feelings are so blasé when so many non-scientists are eagerly awaiting it.
Now if the eclipse were, for some reason, to not take place as predicted or if during it the sky turned rainbow colors, then I would be excited. But that is not going to happen. All that will happen is that for a few minutes on Monday the sky will go dark for reasons that are well known.
Sorry to be such a downer.