Est. 1868 • Celebrating 150 years!
Est. 1868 • Celebrating 150 years!
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Like many of you, on Monday, April 8, 2024, at around the 2 pm hour, we at the Aged Woman’s Home donned our eclipse glasses and headed out the back door to stare up at the sky for an hour or so.  We found excellent solar eclipse viewing while sitting on the Home’s lovely garden benches.

 

At 87 percent, DC was not in the zone of totality, but the taste of moon pies and a few other eclipse goodies made up for the missing 13 percent.

Staff member Judy Robinson gave out solar eclipse fact sheets and provided the necessary eyewear. Did you know—besides the earth’s orbit around the sun, the moon’s orbit around the earth, and the moon’s 5 percent tilt relative to the earth’s axis, the sun’s 222 million year orbit around the galaxy itself factors in on exactly when and where the zone of totality occurs? With so many variables, it’s no wonder we missed it!

The next total solar eclipse of the sun won’t show up in the continental United States until 2044, and totality will only be seen in 3 states—Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

So, here in DC, we will miss totality again, but we will still most likely have moon pies to cheer us up, and our mission to provide housing at no charge to senior independent women of limited economic will carry on as faithfully as the sun rises and sets every day.