A perfect solar eclipse like the one on Monday was the inspiration for The Privileged Planet, an important and unusual book in the canon of intelligent design works.
The best time and place to view total solar eclipses in our Solar System is just when and where there are observers to see them. Let that sink in.
The basic idea is that meeting the requirements for the habitability of the Earth for observers makes it more likely that solar eclipses are possible.
C’mon. This is the first time in almost a century that a total eclipse will traverse the fruited plains from coast to coast.
The first pictures of an eclipse from the surface of another planet were taken by NASA’s Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars in March 2004.