Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

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Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

Post by gitgeezer » Wed Dec 28, 2016 4:52 pm

It’s coming! Start Planning Now! August 21, 2017! The first complete solar eclipse seen in the U.S. since 1979 and the first to cross the entire breadth of the U.S. since 1918. The eclipsed sun will enter Oregon at 10:16 a.m. PDF and after crossing ten states will exit three hours later from South Carolina. You must be on or very near the center line of the path to see a total eclipse, but everyone in the Continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse.

Even on the center line of the path, totality will last only about two minutes, depending on location. For the greatest duration of 2 minutes and 40 seconds, go to Giant City State Park in Illinois. Some towns, resorts, and other points along the path are planning solar-eclipse weekends. There might be an event near you, so plan ahead.

VIEW IT SAFELY! Do not look directly at the eclipse without dedicated eclipse glasses or filters. Retinal damage could occur. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient.

CAUTION: Some web sites claim that the eclipse totality is safe to look at without a filter, and must be viewed that way to experience the full effect, but exercise caution if you plan to do this.

Here are some relevant web sites:

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/defa ... ll_map.pdf

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/downloadables

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-maps

http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/sun/2017eclipse
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. August 21

Post by gitgeezer » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:39 pm

Have all of you made your plans for eclipse viewing? August 21 will be here before you know it. After preaching to everyone else about it, I just messed up mine. Registration for the viewing party I had intended to join was to open at 10:00 this morning. I attempted to register at 10:20 and found that all 50 spots had been taken by 10:12. The registrar swore that no pre-registration had been allowed and I believe her. I just waited 8 minutes too long.

Fortunately I have a back-up plan. I will view the eclipse from the broad lawns of the Rabun Gap - Nacoochee School in Northern Georgia. It's on the center line of the eclipse path. Just $5 per person (Plus $5 parking fee) and that includes viewing glasses. But I'm not taking a chance on cheap give-away glasses. For this once-in-a-lifetime experience, I'm investing in a quality pair plus binocular filters.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:07 pm

In the SF Bay Area, we will get a mini version. Here is the website I've been tracking. Having said that, my wife and I plan to view from the old Nike Base up in the Berkeley hills. Prolly gonna be a lot of folks up there. Fleas too - people will bring their dogs. We'll arrive early and get a spot. But the optimal viewing spot is a 2 mile walk, or 4 mile round trip. So that distance may limit participation somewhat. Wine, cheese, good company, and the eclipse! Still need viewing glasses of some kind...
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

Post by MessyTendon » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:41 am

So my solar array is going to get a few killowatts less...thanks for the bad news :)

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Mon Jul 17, 2017 3:16 pm

MessyTendon wrote:
Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:41 am
So my solar array is going to get a few killowatts less...thanks for the bad news :)
lolz - it'll only be for a few hours of historical and astrological significance! Think of it this way - you will not be using electrical devices if you are outside watching the eclipse. That should counter the reduction in solar energy production nicely! :D
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. in 2017

Post by slidika » Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:24 pm

Is there an adverse weather date for this event? :)
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse Across U.S. August 21

Post by Andrew Pohlman » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:26 pm

gitgeezer wrote:
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:39 pm
Have all of you made your plans for eclipse viewing? ...
We are set to go! I got approval for the 21st off! The eclipse glasses have arrived! So wine, cheese, and quality time with my honey bunny while we participate in a unique astrological event ! Life could not be better!

I got a bottle of Cline 2014 Zinfandel, I'll also bring Fontina, smoked Gouda, sharp cheddar, grapes, melon, deli meats and crackers. And the best part? Soft kisses during the eclipse! Yeah, life does not get better than this!
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