The midday Sun has vanished, replaced by a gaping black hole in the sky that’s wreathed in a spiderweb halo of silvery light. Daylight becomes twilight; bright planets and stars emerge. Sunset colors wrap the horizon. Eyewitnesses shout, clap, cry, or are struck silent. It is sensory overload; an unimagined experience. It is a total solar eclipse.
Witnessing a total eclipse of the Sun with our travel groups is a must-see, bucket-list event. That’s because it’s not just a sight to behold—it’s something that needs to be experienced. No photograph can ever do totality justice. Words are inadequate to describe it. Witnessing a total solar eclipse is visceral, emotional, an experience unlike any other. First-timers are often completely unprepared for the range of emotions that engulf them when the Sun vanishes from the sky. Moments later, when a beam of sunlight pierces the darkness and totality ends, the first words on everyone’s lips are: “When is the next one?”