It is nice that Annie Dillard’s essay has gotten some new “airtime”:
“It began with no ado. It was odd that such a well advertised public event should have no starting gun, no overture, no introductory speaker. I should have known right then that I was out of my depth. Without pause or preamble, silent as orbits, a piece of the sun went away. We looked at it through welders’ goggles. A piece of the sun was missing; in its place we saw empty sky.”
Annie Dillard, “Total Eclipse” The Atlantic (1982, republished 2017) [link].