The "Great American Eclipse" August 21, 2017

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  1. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Oh man, this looks very exciting!

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2016/08/21/total-solar-eclipse-august-2017/88514886/

    eclipse 2.jpg
     
  2. Relentless Power macrumors G4

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    This is fascinating. Marked it down on the calendar. Thank you for sharing this.
     
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    Already planning our trip to eastern Oregon.
     
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    I'm planing on Kentucky for this one! I just hope its not cloudy!
     
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    I'm living in eastern Idaho and will plan a nice field trip with the family to go watch.
     
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    I took a test shot of the sun with a solar filter. Hand held with a 250mm lens.

    [​IMG]

    We are planning to be around Charleston SC on Aug 21. I hope the clouds stay away. :eek:
     
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    Great picture, hopefully you'll be able to get some good shots.
     
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    Yes, and I hope people will post them in this thread! On behalf of those of us who will personally see only a partial eclipse, my thanks for those photos in advance. :D
     
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    Thanks for posting video and thank you to person who originally started thread. Good stuff.
     
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    True, but for the one in 2045 I won't have to leave my house.

    I might take my family up to Casper to see this eclipse in August.
     
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    According to age-old testament eclipses are inauspicious. Of course, nowadays nobody bothers, everything is inauspicious more or less.
     
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    To me, its a rare case where the solar system speaks to you.
     
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    Fair enough but the solar system is always speaking to you, only hardly anyone is bothered or interested in it, more interest is given to gif memes on their smartphones.
     
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    Cloudy or not, it's going to get dark for a few minutes. Cloudy would be a blessing since many observers of these events (against the advice of not looking directly, or with the naked eye, into the sun as it disappears behind the moon, and subsequently reappears) disregard these warnings, resulting in permanent vision loss of varying degrees.

    If one cannot resist the temptation to peek, shielding your eyes with something that has the density of the eye piece of a welder's helmet might be a safe bet. Or as mentioned above, a proper solar filter.
     
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    For the first time in my lifetime, there will be a total solar eclipse of the sun near where I'm living. (Actually it's going to be a 450 mile (one way) roadtrip. But I can still drive there...) It starts around mid-day on August 21, and runs in a 30-mile wide band across the continental US, from Oregon to South Carolina. It promises to be one of the most viewed - and photographed, Tweeted, discussed, etc. total eclipses in history.

    I know to some people it seems like a foolish excursion for what will be an event lasting just a few minutes. But I look at it as a true "once in a lifetime" experience. I'm planning on going with a friend to share the driving and some of the expenses. We're still looking for the special solar viewing glasses, but that seems like a solvable problem. The only thing that could spoil the fun is if the weather doesn't cooperate by being overcast or rainy. Two days of driving and a couple hundred dollars in expenses might seem like a lot, but doing this has been on my "bucket list" for a while. I've been to a SuperBowl. I won't climb Mt. Everest or run with the bulls in Pamplona.)

    Any other folks plan on making special arrangements to see the Total Eclipse? Any hints or tips from veterans or space junkies?
     
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    Our closest friends are going to be right in the path of it in the Portland, Oregon area. Unfortunately, we're 600 miles south of that, so we'll only be getting the partial.

    My parents are driving down from Omaha to St. Joseph, Missouri to see it, as St. Joe is going to be directly in the path. 120 miles, but well worth it for the day trip. They'll continue the extra 50 miles down to Kansas City just because. I also have a lot of friends driving down to there to see it, so they'll be in for a great time.

    I'm actually jealous of them; with the exception of my 4th grade year in elementary school (and even then, since it was happening during the day, they told us to have recess inside), every total eclipse that has occurred has been a cloudy day where I have been.

    With that said, I'm looking forward to getting out into open space to see this!

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    If I were living in the US, I would make every effort possible to try to see this; agreed, it is a once in a lifetime spectacle; I saw the partial eclipse over Europe in 1999, when around around 80-90% of the sun was covered and the light was quite distinctly eerie, but awesome; I would have loved to have seen the full eclipse.

    And, as a very small child, I saw the very partial eclipse of 1970.

    Agreed, but enjoy it anyway. It is an amazing spectacle.
     
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    Today is the day. I won't see a full one, but it should still be pretty cool!
     
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    Some prankster covered the sky with clouds. I'm not in the path of totality, but the sun is totally eclipsed.
     
  25. bradl macrumors 68040

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    For those that can't see it, the Oregonian is covering it, along with NASA, PBS, and the Smithsonian.

    Let's have some fun with this while it happens. Name a song that would be apropos for this, that is NOT Bonnie Tyler's Total Eclipse of the Heart.

    I'll start: Bruce Hornsby: Walk on the Sun

    And go! :)

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