Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby DarkOne » Mon Mar 13, 12:30 2017

Soooo Total Solar Eclipse 2017: August 21, 2017. It's a big dea! -- Read some more about it here. In a nutshell, awesome total solar eclipse which will be visible in the US (and only the US--sorry, folks outside the US) from coast to coast. Just for reference, during a total solar eclipse the moon "covers" ALL of the sun, and is (literally) cooler than a partial solar eclipse, where only the part of the moon "covers" part of the sun, or an annular solar eclipse, where all of the moon passes in front of the sun but doesn't fully cover it, leaving a ring of light around the sun. It'll be the first total solar eclipse to be visible in the mainland US since 1979, though there are a couple more lined up for 2024 and 2045. It'll be awesome if there aren't tornadoes ruining that day, BUT you have to be under the central path where totality will be seen for maximum awesomeness.

A few other resource sites:
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html
http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/path_through_the_US.htm

So is anyone else nerdy-excited about this? Anyone else already taken the day off and/or made travel plans?

I just spent a good chunk of my lunch hour trying to book a hotel so that my family can be under the central path (which is only 3.5 hrs from us under normal traffic). If you haven't and are planning to, I'd recommend you try to book a hotel soon if you'll need one. I got a lot of "Sorry, we're completely booked." and one "Sure, we have room, but we require a minimum 4-night stay at $329/night+tax." in Podunk-town, Missouri. Also, don't rely on online hotel booking sites -- call the local number to each hotel, because many hotels are showing booked online but really have rooms available for local bookings or restricted dates (multi-night requirements).

WOOHOO eclipse! :dance2:
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby rowan » Mon Mar 13, 15:49 2017

I have my solar glasses already :D And several possible plans, but mostly they involve staying with people I know so I'm not worried about hotels. Definitely have heard that things are booking up though.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Bork » Mon Mar 13, 22:04 2017

Made travel plans months ago, I'm so excited!! Going to meet up with some family/friends of my aunt in... Wyoming? I really need to check on that and figure out dates so I can request off work.

Also need to get solar glasses - good call Rowan!
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Eravial » Thu Mar 16, 15:59 2017

Yes! I'm pretty close to the path of best visibility, so I'll probably wait til that week to see where within like a 3 hour drive will have the clearest skies and just head thereabouts with my tent.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Sonic# » Thu Mar 16, 16:46 2017

I'm pretty close, and my family lives even closer to the line. (We're talking about 5-8 hours.) I'll have to see what my fall schedule is like, but I'll either drive close to the path on a day trip or go hiking.

Here's hoping for clear skies!

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby rowan » Fri Mar 17, 10:02 2017

OMG WHY DIDN"T WE PLAN A SPACEFEM VIEWING EVENT THIS WAS NOT SMRT
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Eravial » Fri Mar 17, 11:24 2017

rowan wrote:OMG WHY DIDN"T WE PLAN A SPACEFEM VIEWING EVENT THIS WAS NOT SMRT

*facepalms so hard* YOU'RE SO RIGHT.

It's not horrendously late... Anyone planning on viewing in the southeast, I'd be down. Western KY/northern TN/southern IL are right around where the greatest and longest parts of the eclipse happen.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Nachos » Tue Mar 21, 7:29 2017

*sad European in Europe with no eclipse*
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby iamthegate » Tue Mar 21, 14:46 2017

Nachos wrote:*sad European in Europe with no eclipse*


We should have a "no eclipse, we have all the sun" party.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby melsbells » Wed Mar 22, 3:38 2017

^I'm down with that, though it'll be about two months late for really having ALL the sun.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby DarkOne » Wed Mar 22, 8:01 2017

Nachos wrote:*sad European in Europe with no eclipse*

Geez, Europe doesn't get a total solar eclipse util 2026 (and then only Spain/Portugal) and then not another until 2081... damn.
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