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What will your experience be?
I'm in the path of totality.
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I'm not, but am planning on going somewhere that is.
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I'm not in the path of totality and will be staying home.
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ArtBest23



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PostPosted: 08/21/17 3:53 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I must say, these eclipse glasses completely change the experience. I remember a couple of partial eclipses many years ago, trying to do the pinhole viewer thing. Totally underwhelming waste of effort. I suspect that had a lot to do with my "not worth the effort" decision on whether to drive to South Carolina this week.

But from the first moment I put on these glasses and looked up, this year was really a good experience. Now I have seven years to plan. Maybe head up to Prince Edward Island or New Brunswick for a week. That would be a nice trip. Burlington VT is a quaint town and might be a nice spot for a few days.

The next one really includes some major population centers. Indianapolis, Dallas, Cleveland, Erie, Buffalo, Dayton, Rochester are squarely in the path. Detroit, Austin, Toronto, San Antonio, Columbus, and Montreal are close to the edge of totality. Lots of choices.


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PostPosted: 08/21/17 6:45 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

We had high clouds in my town, which helped cut down the sun's intensity, even making naked eye viewing of the 70% eclipse possible at times.

Otherwise, we used the 1960's method: looking through strips of exposed 35mm film. You stack up sufficient strips until the sun is completely blacked out and then remove them one-by-one until the sun is barely visible. Three strips were good with the clouds; more than six were necessary in full sun.

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PostPosted: 08/21/17 9:32 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It was very cool. The big boss was encouraging people to go out and look (we had one pair of glasses that everyone took turns with, and I hope to God no one has pinkeye).

I'd love to be in the path of totality next time, though.



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PostPosted: 08/21/17 10:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

It started raining about the time the eclipse started, and the sun was in and out of clouds the whole time. Very weird. But I did get to see something, anyway.



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PostPosted: 08/22/17 12:51 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Queenie wrote:
I'd love to be in the path of totality next time, though.


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PostPosted: 08/22/17 6:49 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I cannot begin to describe what I saw yesterday. So surreal. I was about an hour south of St Louis and even though we had cumulus clouds in and out, they disappeared during the big show. Took me seven hours to get home -- should have been just under five. Traffic east of St Louis was terrible. I think I got a lot of Carbondale traffic.[/img]



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PostPosted: 08/22/17 7:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

While I'm a little bummed I didn't see totality I'm VERY happy I didn't get stuck in the ten hour traffic jam from Hopkinsville back to Louisville that the TV crew did.

Or even the seven hour trip BS had! I'm pretty sure my lack of patience would have dampened the experience for me.

I'll just wait til 2024.

I'm happy so many people had a great time with it.



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PostPosted: 08/22/17 9:40 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Just for grins....

http://www.sportspagemagazine.com/features/special-galleries/non-sports-gallery-great-american-eclipse-2017/



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PostPosted: 08/23/17 7:46 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

BallState1984 wrote:
Just for grins....

http://www.sportspagemagazine.com/features/special-galleries/non-sports-gallery-great-american-eclipse-2017/


Nice!

I need to practice some more before 2024. Some came out nice, some not so much.



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PostPosted: 08/23/17 3:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I drove 500 miles north from Carson City to Ontario, Oregon (right on the Idaho border.) I wondered why I was doing it but I knew it was a once in a lifetime chance. Everything worked out perfectly. There wasn't a cloud in the sky. The moment of totality was incredible, something well beyond anything I could have imagined. The science itself is incredible, 3 orbs separated by 93 million miles that perfectly align for a moment. Pictures don't do it justice.

For anyone that is within 500 miles of the eclipse in 2024, especially if you can be assured of clear weather, it is absolutely worth the trip just for that moment (or in my case 2 minutes) of totality. I had seen a partial 54 years ago, but this is so many magnitudes greater. I don't need to see it again, but who knows, maybe I'll find my way to Cleveland in 2024.

And its less than 3 months until basketball season.


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