For the next four hours, you can watch a small, hot rock cross in front of an enormous, burning ball of plasma. It seems a lot better than whatever else you’re doing, especially if you’re stuck inside:
Some things to consider while you’re doing this:
- Mercury is in retrograde. Do you know what that means?.
- “Mercury, the Winged Messenger” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Op. 32, is a delightful little listen. All British people are required to know this suite, so that when the BBC announces it, they can include the aside, “of course”:
- Don’t look directly at the sun, you idiot. Also, your eclipse glasses won’t work. You’ll have to find a friend with a telescope or pick a livestream.
- It is very, very cold in space. Aren’t you happy to be here on a nice, warm earth?
- It’s still Monday. Sorry!