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Let the countdown begin! Total Solar Eclipse over the United States (August 21, 2017)

Discussion in 'The OT' started by Lord Vader, Dec 2, 2011.

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    Lord Vader

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    Davenlr

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    Ill be at this one for sure. And have plenty of gas in case the forecast calls for clouds.
     
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    Lord Vader

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    Fortunately, overcast skies are rare in that part of the country during mid-August.
     
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    Davenlr

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    Yea, I dont think I saw a cloud from March until October.
     
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    Hmmmm. My immediate goal is to live beyond December 21, 2012. You know, the Mayan thing.

    I mean you young'uns er talkin' 'bout nearly 6 years out.;)
     
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    Lord Vader

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    Then you must be referring to the 1979 total solar one visible in parts of the northwest U.S.

    The 2017 one is the first in the central U.S. in the lifetime of anyone on this board.
     
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    That 1979 was visible in the middle of Kansas - all kinds of warnings not to look into the sun, but rather view it indirectly. I don't think it was a total eclipse at my location , but I do remember seeing it a little darker than normal on a bright fall day.
     
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    That one was definitely not a total solar eclipse. It was only partial. Only the northwestern section of the contiguous United States saw a total solar eclipse that year. No one alive here has ever seen a total solar eclipse in the heart of this country.
     
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    Although astronomy holds no special interest for me, on somewhat of a whim I spent a fair amount of money to fly to see the total eclipse in Norfolk Va in the 60s (?). I would rank the experience of totality to be one of the highlights of my life. True totality is completely different forom 99.9% totality, so don't be satisfied with something close. You can all read about the experience of totality elsewhere, just let me say that if at all possible experience it. It will be a highlight of your life.
     
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    I may have to plan a visit to the parents for that time, they are only about 20 miles from the center line.

    The next one we'll see in the US is 2024. I'll need to plan a weekend in Indianapolis for that one.
     
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    There was one around 95. Partial or not it got pretty dark. Central Illinois. I was at my local community college. Used to pieces of paper to watch. One with a hole shining on the other.
     
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    And if it's cloudy that day you'll have less than 7 years to wait for the next one. That one will sweep from New England down through Ohio and Texas.

    I remember the 1970 eclipse which was about 99% total where I was on Long Island, NY.

    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhistory/SEplot/SE2024Apr08T.pdf
    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhistory/SEplot/SE1970Mar07T.pdf
     
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    Almost fell off my chair laughing!!! Thanx for the chuckles...:lol:

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    Yeah, I think I remember that too.

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    This was in the early 60s
     
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    Looks like I got company here for that early 60s one. I was in NYC. Standing on a city stoop. A lot of the parents had all sorts of homemade stuff to see. But being a young teenager, naturally I wasn't impress!
     
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    That would have been this one. I remember it from my high school days in upstate NY. It was about 90% total in that area and was visible over the entire US to a more or lesser percent.

    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhistory/SEplot/SE1963Jul20T.pdf
     

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