SOLAR ECLIPSE. Darkness at Noon. It will be 38 years until there will be another total eclipse observable in the U.S. (August 21, 2017) It will be 360 years until the next total eclipse at the same place. It’s 26 degrees and snowing for this solar eclipse. I started walking at 11:00 a.m. Mark Twain’s Connecticut Yankee in  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court saved himself by knowing the date of an eclipse. In 1925 totality was observable from Manhattan. In about 800 Charlemagne’s son Louis died of fright at a solar eclipse. Solar Eclipse on ABC-TV over Portland at 11:00+ a.m. (8:12+ a.m. in Portland), 2 minutes and 14 seconds. So dark they could see stars, Mercury, and Venus. 12:30 p.m.: Birds still at the feeder. Sun behind thick clouds. Dogs barking — chasing deer on the Mayo hillside? Woodpecker working on suet. Think I saw a RAVEN soaring to the west of the sun at about 12:20 at the Nature Center. CHICKADEE singing fee-bee notes. 1:00 p.m.: Sun came out, Looked at it through exposed film. Saw a little bit of the moon covering the sun.