As I travel from place to place, sometimes unexpected things happen and the total eclipse① of the sun was one of these experiences that I’ll never forget.
As I arrived at the Pyramid of the Sun, science fell over the crowd of about 3,000 people who sat on the steps of the ancient pyramids. We had all come together for the same thing — the total eclipse of the sun.
Suddenly, the moon was just now beginning to cover the sun. The total eclipse was only minutes away. Gradually, the light faded.
As the sky darkened, silence came over all the people. Some birds flew around in the trees and then there was total silence.
At the moment of the total eclipse, the sky took on a strange green color, like that before a huge summer storm. The clouds parted and showed the glorious② sun just as the moon slipped③ in front of the world.
There, on the horizon, was a 360-degree upside-down④ sunset! It was an amazing range of colors, from bright golden yellow to deep purple.
The whole effect made me feel quite happy. I was so pleased to be part of such an amazing natural phenomenon and I felt a kind of inner peace around me.
① eclipse n. 日蚀，月蚀
② glorious adj.辉煌的;极好的
③ slip [slIp] v. 减退
④ upside-down adj.颠倒的;乱七八糟的
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