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What are you doing for the total solar eclipse?

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We are 120 miles from the path of totality.  We can go west to Nebraska or south to Missouri.  Same distance either way.  We plan to check the weather forecast the day before and decide which way to head.  

Our choice is to head to Missouri.  One of the towns in the path is known as "Quilt Town" and my wife likes to quilt.  The town has a very nice man cave as well.  I already have the glasses and camera filters to catch the eclipse.  

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I live in the path of totality and I took the day off. We're hosting some friends from Portland, I will probably break out the grill and make a block party.

We are expecting a million extra people in this area. Emergency Services are expected to be overwhelmed. think I heard the Governor has already called on the Nat'l Guard to help.

All for 2 minutes of fun

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Ideally, you'll see a solar eclipse on a clear sunny day with no clouds in the sky. During the first hour, as the moon begins to eat away at the sun, it can only be viewed safely through filtered glasses (not sunglasses), telescopes with solar filters, or projection devices. Not much changes around you, but as more and more of the sun is covered, you begin to notice that colours are beginning to fade and a slight greyness pervades everything.

The temperature starts to noticeably drop, and shadows have crisper edges. Any reflections of sunlight, such as the surface of rippling water or shiny surfaces, take on a diamond-like appearance. Under trees, sunlight that makes it through the leaves make little crescents of light on the ground as the gaps between the leaves act as pinhole cameras projecting images of the sun.

Finally, as the last bit of the sun's brilliant surface disappears behind the moon, the light all around dims down as fast as the lights in a theatre before a movie begins. People begin screaming with delight as the moon's shadow, traveling anywhere from 2300 to 4700 km/h, passes overhead.

 

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If that is not enough of a spectacle, four planets will also become visible during this eclipse, two on either side of the sun. Venus and Mars on one side, with Mercury and Jupiter on the other.  

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/2017-summer-solar-eclipse-chaser-bob-mcdonald-1.4173908

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1 hour ago, Kalnoky said:

All for 2 minutes of fun

You'd be surprised at the lengths some people will go do for 2 minutes of fun ;-)

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9 hours ago, nevets88 said:

Path of Totality in 2024, much closer to me.

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I was thinking about trying to drive to Kentucky to see the solar eclipse this month, but I've decide it will be easier to go to Sandusky (or Lima) in 2024.

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Start telling the millennials I work with the too much cell phone use will make you go blind, about a 1/2 hour before should be good.

 

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I just received the 12 sets of solar eclipse glasses, mainly for my son to have with his buddies at school, I'll likely take a couple of pairs to work with me too.

We tested them out last night and it was pretty cool looking. Couldn't see anything except when looking right at the sun (which is how they are supposed to work) and it was overcast and looking right at the sun you could see the clouds partially passing in front of the sun.

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2 minutes ago, Wally Fairway said:

I just received the 12 sets of solar eclipse glasses, mainly for my son to have with his buddies at school, I'll likely take a couple of pairs to work with me too.

We tested them out last night and it was pretty cool looking. Couldn't see anything except when looking right at the sun (which is how they are supposed to work) and it was overcast and looking right at the sun you could see the clouds partially passing in front of the sun.

I got the ones made by Lunt from B&H. Tested them at a restaurant, looked at the sun, cool, then someone knocked them off. My eyes, my eyes! That was pretty bad, but looked away quickly enough. Must have looked pretty silly. You can kind of see the flash light of your smartphone, but yeah, they're pretty strong.

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