What Blessing Does One Make on a Solar Eclipse? I will be in Nevada next week and would like to make a blessing over the May 21 Solar Eclipse. Thanks!
Based on my own research into Birkath Hachama and Kiddush Levanah and building on this answer, I suggest the following:
After the end of totality (or after peak eclipse if you are not in the umbra's path), recite the three psalms used in both ceremonies:
- Ps. 148, v. 1 through 6.
- Ps. 121 (for supplication)
- Ps. 150
Then the entire first bracha of the weekday shaharit, from "yotzeir or u'vorei choshech" through "yotzeir hame'orot."
If a minyan is present and it is time to recite minchah, continue directly with minchah.
Finally, as soon as permitted (normally the 3rd day of the new month after sunset), recite Kiddush Levanah.
Disclaimer: IANAR, this is lay opinion, practice proper eclipse safety.