According to Wikipedia, "An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer...An eclipse is the result of either an occultation (completely hidden) or a transit (partially hidden)...The term eclipse is most often used to describe either a solar eclipse, when the Moon's shadow crosses the Earth's surface, or a lunar eclipse, when the Moon moves into the Earth's shadow."
According to NASA, "Experiencing a total solar eclipse where you live happens about once in 375 years. So, unless modern medicine advances considerably in the next few years, you might not make it to the next one. The last time anyone in the United States witnessed a total solar eclipse was almost 40 years ago, on February 26, 1979. It's been even longer - 99 years - since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The total eclipse on June 8, 1918, passed from Washington to Florida."
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Learn all you need to know from NASA at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
So, with all the buzz about the eclipse, how can brands capitalize on the buzz and also join in the fun? One brand in particular has hit a home run with its marketing campaign to promote the eclipse. For the first time, Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed Doughnuts will be "eclipsed by a mouth-watering chocolate glaze" to coincide with the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, at participating United States shops. Doughnut fans can get an early taste on Saturday and Sunday, August 19-20.
“The solar eclipse is a rare occasion providing a total sensory experience for viewers across the continental United States. Chocolate will have the same effect as we introduce a first-time chocolate glazing of our iconic Original Glazed Doughnut. The Chocolate Glazed Doughnut is a delicious way to experience the solar eclipse – no matter where you are – and we can’t wait for fans to try it. Be one of the first to try the tastiest eclipse in history. Find a Krispy Kreme shop near you by going to www.krispykreme.com/Eclipse,” announced Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.
Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and founded in 1937, Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience, and mass merchant stores in the United States. The company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries.
Finally, if you've become a fan of eclipses after reading this post, here are some dates to add to your calendar:
- The next total solar eclipse in the United States will be on April 4, 2024.
- The next eclipse similar to the one on August 21, 2017, that moves from coast to coast, will be on August 12, 2045.
On Monday, after the eclipse, guess where I'm going? The nearby Krispy Kreme store, of course. I cannot wait to celebrate the event with the limited edition Krispy Kreme Chocolate Glazed Doughnut! How about you?
Image Credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts.