QUOTE-UNQUOTE: Eclipse 101. A significant portion of the sun gets blocked out for about 45 minutes. Just like on a rainy day or a day with dark thunderstorms. Plants and animals don't freak out and there are no lasting effects unless you are an idiot. –Mark Michaelsen, our stalwart SoCal sailing and FB friend, purveyor of the excellent DryUV sailing shirts (and more), and SAILING ILLUSTRATED's meteorological guru, commenting on tomorrow's total eclipse of the sun across a narrow swath of the USA from Oregon to South Carolina.