Plenty of people are pumped to see Ozzy Osbourne “bark at the moon” at a festival in Southern Illinois during the total solar eclipse, but a handful of eclipse purists think the rocker and his fans aren’t giving proper reverence to the astronomical phenomenon.
Osbourne plans to sing his 1983 hit “Bark at the Moon” during eclipse totality at 1:20 p.m. on Aug. 21 at Walker’s Bluff winery in Carterville, Illinous, a small town about 120 miles southeast of St. Louis. Walker’s Bluff is set to hold the four-day Moonstock festival, where the 68-year-old rock star and other bands will perform.
Not only is the Carterville area in the path of this year’s solar eclipse, but it’s in line for another one in 2024. A total eclipse hasn’t been visible in the United States mainland since 1979. The last time the Carterville area saw a total eclipse was in 1442.
“That’s how rare they are,” said Joe McFarland, who runs a small eclipse shop near Carterville. “And to have two pass over the same spot over seven years is just an amazing gift from the heavens.”
McFarland said the eclipse is “as close to a religious experience that anyone can experience, no matter your faith or lack thereof.” Viewers trying to get the “perfect picture” or listen to music during totality will miss a rare moment of spiritual introspection, McFarland added.
“One of the biggest mistakes being made locally is the winery is having a big music festival prior to the eclipse, and then, at the…Read More