Believe it or not, there has not been a visible total eclipse in North America since 1979. They've popped up in other place around the world since then, but this is the first time in 38 years Americans will be able to see one.
Total Solar Eclipses occur somewhere on Earth every two years, or so. So just calm yourself when people tell you they're rare— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 16, 2017
Rare or not, people are going back and seeing how the US reacted to the last solar eclipse. Some people have uncovered this now-viral and very touching clip from the February 26, 1979 broadcast of ABC News.
In the clip, news anchor Frank Reynolds hopes that the next eclipse falls "on a world at peace." Obviously, things didn't quite turn out that way and people can't help but feel like we let Mr. Reynolds, and the moon, down.
Those words are so powerful and so heartbreaking. The things we've done as human beings . They looked to us for hope and we failed them.— JT (@_IWP_JT) August 19, 2017
like flying cars and all things imagined for a future.. we are still trying to work it out.😒— Kandi X (@xWingd1x) August 18, 2017