2017-08-24 / Letters

Eclipse could point to heavens for more earthly answers

To the editor:

By the time you read this letter, the much-anticipated solar eclipse will have passed. The path of the total solar eclipse went through the central states and not in northern Michigan. Despite all the hype, a total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on the face of the earth every year and a half. But since the Earth’s surface is 70 percent water, most of the total eclipses of the sun are not seen.

How can the moon, whose diameter is 400 times smaller than the sun’s, block out the sun in a total solar eclipse? Well it so happens that the sun is 400 times the moon’s distance from the Earth, so the two orbs appear the same size to us on earth.

In my observatory I have taken many pictures of the sun with 2 solar telescopes. Viewing the sun through telescopes is one thing, but capturing images of them on camera is another.

Since I dabble in theology as well, with an MA in Scripture, there are many symbolic references to the sun being darkened in Scripture, but these are references to the End Times.

I would like to end on one “miracle of the sun.” It occurred October 13, 1917, in Fatima, Portugal. Newspapers published testimony from reporters and others who witnessed extraordinary solar activity, such as the sun appearing to “dance” or zig-zag in the sky, careen towards the earth, or emit multicolored light and radiant colors. The event lasted approximately ten minutes. Estimates of people who saw the event range from 40,000 to 100,000. Of course I am speaking of the six apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three peasant children of Fatima.

Maybe in this time of turmoil in the world, the solar eclipse this week will remind us of more heavenly things.

Edward Hahnenberg
S. Lake Leelanau Dr.
Lake Leelanau

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