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The August Chameleon Sun Goes Out As A Ringed Planet – Cooks Brook Slideshow

Cooks Brook
Written by Brian Tarcy


EASTHAM – Remember earlier this month when the sun disappeared for two minutes? On Thursday at sunset, the star of our solar system had an entirely new two-minute magic trick, mimicking a ringed planet.

It seems we have a chameleon sun.

It didn’t last long. As cool as this lead photograph is, it really doesn’t do it justice. It was literally a “Wait, what?” moment.

And then in two minutes, it was gone. Does this sound familiar, eclipse watchers?

It was surrounded, before and after, by just another ho-hum spectacular sunset that we were witnessing at Cooks Brook Beach.

The scattering of clouds seemed to promise a great show, and then they delivered.

At the end of the show, we saw a very happy girl playing in the water learning what she will probably discover upon reflection: some sunsets are better than others.

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About the author

Brian Tarcy

Brian Tarcy is co-founder of Cape Cod Wave. He is a longtime journalist who has written for the Boston Globe, Boston magazine, the Cape Cod Times and several other publications. He is the author of "YOU CAN'T SELL RIGHT FIELD; A Cape Cod Novel." He is also the author or co-author of more than a dozen mostly non-fiction books, including books with celebrity athletes Cam Neely, Tom Glavine and Joe Theisman. His previous book was, "ALMOST: 12 Electric Months Chasing A Silicon Valley Dream" with Hap Klopp,who created the iconic brand, The North Face.
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Brian is a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan with a long-running NFL predictions/political satire column connecting weekly world events to the fate of his favorite team, now at

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