In 1979, high schooler Stephen Thorsett walked to the top of a hill behind his parents’ house in Salem to take in Solar Eclipse 2017 Across National Parks through a cloudy winter sky.
February being February in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, it was a mixed bag. He didn’t get to fully see the magic moment when the moon completely shrouds the sun. But he remembered the excitement Solar Eclipse 2017 Across National Parks T-shirt
“It’s just a cool once in a lifetime experience,” he said in an interview.
Thirty-eight years later, Thorsett is an astrophysicist and again lives in Salem, this time as president .He’ll have a second chance to see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. This time, Thorsett is hoping for warm weather, clear skies, and a prime time seat.
He’s excited for the thrill of watching the shadow of the moon race across the ground and feel the August air cool once the sun is briefly covered.