The eclipse on October 14th, 2023 as seen from San Jose, California. This photo was taken soon after the maximum coverage as seen from San Jose through a protective film over the camera lens.
Somehow, when they are lined up like this, it makes it easier to imagine these giant balls floating in space, suspended from all sides by their gravity in relation to space and to earth and myself. I know they are always floating like this, though the alignment makes it more real to my mind, placing them in relation to each other, the sun and moon, making their shared presence in the same sky less abstract. Instead of two circles in the sky as I often sense them; like this, it is easier to sense these giant spheres as very real worlds, more than circles, right out there in our neighborhood of space.