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The Solar Eclipse is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!

08/11/2017 10:12 AM

Hey, did you know there's gonna be a solar eclipse on August 21st?

Here's a previous CR4 thread on the upcoming solar eclipse.

From Sue in the comments of that thread, a handy solar eclipse simulator for your zip code.

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08/11/2017 11:40 AM

With all those exclamation points, it sounds as though Bayes is coming.

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08/11/2017 12:51 PM

It all seems a bit over-hyped to me. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a cool event, but I think coverage of it has been a bit over the top, thus all those exclamation points.

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08/14/2017 7:51 AM

Must have caught something awful from Andy Germany....

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08/17/2017 8:47 PM

Whether stamina or a condition. Points given.

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08/11/2017 2:04 PM

Eclipses are fun for all ages...

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08/11/2017 2:23 PM

Seriously, I can imagine the utter disappointment if it is obscured by a heavy cloud cover.

Aside from being a curiosity, can scientists learn much from this event?

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08/11/2017 5:35 PM

Really?

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08/11/2017 7:11 PM

Yes, really. Not everyone here including some moderators/admin are thrilled you came back.

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08/11/2017 10:52 PM

Well, if no one is else is glad to you back, I am. Glad your still kicking my friend.

And if BC can't get their wild fires under control or out, nobody in the northwest will much of anything. Last week I was in smoke all the way from Saint Helens Oregon into Wyoming. It was only because of the Wyoming Wind I was albe to to see any blue sky. I'm thinking Casper Wy. will have the best veiw in the Western US.

Maybe see you there?

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08/11/2017 11:35 PM

Thanks.

I'm home for the school year now.

I'll see 69% eclipse according to Sue's link, if the sky is clear here. I'll check to see if my welding helmet is adequate.

It's the hottest year ever, NASA, NOAA Data Show 2016 Warmest Year on Record Globally ...so maybe that is contributing to the wildfires, I don't know.

Illegitimi non carborundum, I'm not.

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08/14/2017 6:41 PM

Thanks to your enthusiastic welcome back, I've decided to alter my plans so that we may spend quality time together every day!

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08/14/2017 11:54 PM

Welcome back buddy! Guess we farm boys need to stick .....

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08/18/2017 9:39 AM

I am glad you are here. It is comforting to be in your company once again.

There will be eclipse viewing parties in Lubbock, although we are only set for 78% full eclipse.

There used to be a lot of "eclipse" windmills out here on the ranches, maybe still are.

I plan to try viewing with crossed polarizers (not peering directly through them) and projecting an image on a white flat background. Never ever peer directly at eclipse event, as you can have serious eye damage. Normally the full sunlight is enough to make you move your eyes away very quickly, so damage is not so prevalent; however, during an eclipse the light intensity is generally low enough where people have peered directly at the solar corona for extended periods, which is a really bad idea.

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08/18/2017 10:08 AM

At 78% obscuration, along with significant dimming one may reasonably expect shadows cast on the ground to have distinct cusps on them, in shape similar to that of the early waxing and late waning periods of the moon when viewed directly; this was the case with the total/partial eclipse in the UK in 1999.

Can the forum expect some posted photographs, perhaps?

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08/18/2017 11:01 AM

I will try to get myself pulled together for that, especially since you are asking so politely.

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08/12/2017 10:42 AM

The last total solar eclipse I "saw" was overcast. Still, as it got darker and darker, it gave the feeling of impending doom as if a huge storm were coming. After it got light again, it was hard to shake the feeling that it was morning of the next day.

It's definitely worth the experience, cloudy or not.

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08/12/2017 10:52 PM

I don't know what you said, but instead of being so negative, be happy! Clear skies are quite prevalent at this time of the year. Eastern Oregon is my destination, and I have no doubts that it will be clear.

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08/14/2017 5:54 PM

In case of rain, the eclipse will be rescheduled for Aug 22.

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08/14/2017 6:16 PM

Don't even say that!

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08/13/2017 12:20 AM

Local paper has an article with scientists making studies to work on for years.....

Scientists and amateurs will stake out the totality zone, using telescopes, high-altitude balloons, computers and other instruments to capture data and images.

Lazarova is coordinating Nebraska’s part in a national experiment that will focus on the sun’s super-heated atmosphere. The corona, as it’s called, is visible during the brief period when the moon completely blocks the sun’s surface.

The rest of the time it’s too faint to see. Although scientists can simulate eclipses to see it, they get a better view during a real one.

The physics of the corona is still somewhat of a puzzle, she said.

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08/14/2017 3:41 AM

It will still go dark, cloud cover or not.

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08/14/2017 5:25 AM

I was in Tacoma Wa. last time a total happened. Could not see a thing due to the endless clouds.

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08/11/2017 4:39 PM

You would have to be dead not to know. They have been hyping it on TV for weeks. Frankly, I wish they wouldn't. I live within a few hours drive (on a normal day) from the totality path, so I will go see it (wouldn't miss it), but I hate the thought of the traffic mess. I bought a sun filter for my camera a year ago.

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08/11/2017 7:40 PM

Relax, it is not going to be a big deal.

Engineering 360 has been talking about this for a while, as if solar power would drop and the combustion power plants would not be capable to handle the power they need to provide and other nonsense.

Even if I was living in the USA, I probably would not care. After all, what are you supposed to do? Take the day off and wait all day long in the garden to see if something happens?

When I was little we had those special glasses which you could use to watch directly at the sun. But I do not think people are still into it. Maybe kids.

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08/12/2017 11:07 PM

Oh, you are so jaded?

Relax, it is not going to be a big deal.

It is a lifetime event for the average human. It will be a unique experience.

Engineering 360 has been talking about this for a while, as if solar power would drop and the combustion power plants would not be capable to handle the power they need to provide and other nonsense.

Of course. It will complete its path across the US in just a few hours. Why would it? That doesn't mean it's not going to happen!

Even if I was living in the USA, I probably would not care. After all, what are you supposed to do? Take the day off and wait all day long in the garden to see if something happens?

To see if something happens? What are you, in the dark ages? The world is flat and the center of the solar system? It is going to happen, and I took a day of vacation to see it!

When I was little we had those special glasses which you could use to watch directly at the sun. But I do not think people are still into it. Maybe kids.

I have special equipment to monitor this. You sound so ignorant.

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08/12/2017 11:55 PM

For you guys who have a lot of free time on your hands to literally watch the world turn here's a link the live feed from the Himawari-8 weather satellite.

Himawari-8 Geostationary satellite live video feed.

No eclipses to watch but still being it uses a 38 megapixel camera system the resolution is rather impressive given its orbiting distance of ~ 22,245 miles (35,800 KM)!

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08/13/2017 12:04 AM

It's a big deal to me. I've never seen one and I've been interested in this stuff forever. And the triple bonus is that in addition to it actually happening, I'm right in the middle of it. Where it happens, in the mid-day (max duration) and in the totality path. And guess what else? It's happening on my birthday. I wouldn't miss this for the world. I'm going to try to take pictures of it. I'm not a photographer, but I hope something good comes from it.

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08/13/2017 12:33 AM

I have a good friend/co-worker from Southern California who has been planning his vacation to Northern Wyoming for well over three years just to see this. If I were around, I'd love to see the event from Carhenge!!! http://carhengesolareclipse2017.com/

Not too often something like this crosses the entire US!! Certainly reason to celebrate!

How many have been or would be excited to see Halley's Comet?? Pretty much once in a lifetime, eh?

I'm very close to the path, but just quite jealous I will be on an airplane to the northeast as this hits my area!!! :-(

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08/13/2017 1:10 AM

One thing I haven't seen much is--wear sunscreen. All the talk is about filters/glasses, but if you turn your face toward the sun for much accumulated time, you risk ordinary sunburn as well.

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08/13/2017 2:50 AM

I would love to see the full eclipse, but I can't take the day off to travel where it'll be. Here are things that I've heard about the full eclipse. There will be an odd darkness that makes people and animals feel uneasy. I heard you can see planets and stars. I heard that you can see the "green flash" as the sun gets covered fully. I heard you can see solar flares.

I think the people who are in the path are lucky - it's a rare phenomenon. The last time we had one cross the US from coast to coast was in 1918. The next full eclipse in the US isn't until 2024. Here's a graphic showing the future full eclipses. https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/future/

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08/13/2017 6:52 AM

Awesome! 2024 comes right near me. Now I really don't have to care about this one. The way time has been passing for me lately, 2024 will be here in no time.

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08/13/2017 1:20 PM

That was an interesting site. Lots of good stuff there. Thanks.

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08/13/2017 9:35 AM

Yeah, I'm aware.

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08/13/2017 12:04 PM

Some information we all need to heed: NASA - Eye Safety During Solar Eclipses

Eye safety during a total solar eclipse

I plan to use my auto-darkening welder's helmet set at the highest filter setting which is 13, although the NASA site suggests 14. Other sites I visited suggest 12-14 with 13 being the "best" setting for viewing.

I will also have a shoe box "pinhole" viewer for use as well.

If you have children, MAKE SURE that they understand the danger of looking directly at the sun, especially on eclipse day.

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08/13/2017 12:21 PM

I stare at the sun for 30 minutes before, when I was young even without an eclipse. The eyes make a total contrast vision for about an hour. I usually did it when I was alone.

You wanna know whats the magic effect of those?

Many chicks have fallen on the unique stare I glare on them. I don't know why I see peoples mind through their eyes. No joke.

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08/13/2017 1:43 PM

Well said.

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08/14/2017 11:13 AM

I think that this is an appropriate time to give the warning: "DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS"!

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08/17/2017 5:58 PM

It was pretty explanatory, though.

5 minute = fried retina; 30 minutes = fried brain.

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I think I'll go with NASA's recommendation...

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08/14/2017 3:40 AM

Only on the northern island the other side of the pond. It won't be visible here.

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08/14/2017 3:42 AM

Norris, South Carolina is still a good bet.

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