Watch this right now.
I'm kind of hoping there will be an awesome solar flare in the background, but even if there isn't, this is still totally awesome.
The thing is, I'm actually kind of more interested in what the world will be like the next time this happens. The last one was in 1882, and the next one will be in 2117, so we're talking about "oceans of time." I love that phrase, "oceans of time." IIRC, it's from "Dracula." I digress.
Another interesting point about this is how I'm watching. Maybe this is rose-coloured-nostalgia-from-before-I-was-born, but didn't entire communities gather around to watch this together? Me, I'm alone. I'm in fleeting contact with a few Twitter friends, but mostly, I'm happy to watch this uninterrupted. I'm the only person in my family who's into this sort of thing, so I've had to lock myself away with my laptop to avoid getting pulled away. I've already had to answer the phone a bunch of times (because I am the only person in my family with the magical ability to do such a thing) and I had to go help my dad with something, and this is just over the past half hour. :\ I don't know if the "community spirit" thing was because people actually cared about space back in the 1950s, or because a TV set was a rare status symbol and people didn't have a choice but to congregate. Here I am, hunched over my personal private laptop. God knows what wonderful miserable tools people will be using to watch and "tweet" in 2117.
One last thing: I kind of think a regular ol' solar eclipse is more epic than this (and by "epic," I mean "real epic," not "video game epic"). Okay, so a Venus transit is ultra rare (less than once per century), and a Mercury transit is kinda rare (one every ten years or thereabouts), and so solar eclipses are relatively common. But think of it this way. A whole planet is one little dot on the sun. Okay. Now what happens when a tiny little moon BLOCKS OUT the sun. THAT is epic! Okay, so it's the astronomic equivalent of "catching your head" *pinchy pinchy,* but I don't care, I stand by my viewpoint.
OMG, they're talking about the moons of Jupiter, okay, g2g, luv ya, bye bye.