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 deal! -- 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 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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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Nachos » Thu Mar 30, 6:11 2017

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


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


Totally down for that :D
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Galen » Fri Apr 21, 7:10 2017

Oh, I want to do this so bad! I'm about 16 hours away from the nearest spot, about 20 hours from the best spots. I'm like, what the hell, let's just throw a tent in the car and hit the highway. Who needs a fancy hotel? So far all of my friends are old and stupid and won't agree to a little road trip. What a bunch of sissies.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby Sonic# » Fri Apr 21, 8:26 2017

My in-laws want to do a family get-together for this in Wyoming. I'm like, "Gotta teach the next day, have fun!" At least a 5 hour drive directly to the path is somewhat feasible. Jeez.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby rowan » Fri Apr 21, 9:26 2017

Even the campgrounds are getting pretty full, if you're going to go you're going to need to plan up soon.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby DarkOne » Fri Apr 21, 22:29 2017

Sonic# wrote:My in-laws want to do a family get-together for this in Wyoming. I'm like, "Gotta teach the next day, have fun!" At least a 5 hour drive directly to the path is somewhat feasible. Jeez.


Gah. You have to make it to the path somehow. This reminds me of the time I was in grad school and woke up Friday morning to realize 4 other inebriated friends and I had booked non-refundable hotel room in New Orleans for Mardi Gras for Saturday night. We were in Illinois. So we headed out that night at midnight, drive 12 hrs straight to get to NO Sat at noon... Then turned around at 3 PM Sunday to make it back Monday 3AM so that 3 of us could be in or teach class at 7:30AM. It was a magical weekend. U need to do something like that for eclipse day.

Galen's 20 hrs night be a bit too much, though...
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby rowan » Tue May 9, 16:07 2017

Right now I'm looking at Nebraska, MO near St Louis, Tennessee or maaaaybe (a stretch) Charleston SC. I kind of feel like the further east I go the more likely it is to be raining? What do those of you who live eastward think?

Though idk I have terrible weather luck so maybe none of you want me near :P
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby DarkOne » Wed May 10, 4:26 2017

Look at the teal-brown precipitation maps. Not technically cloud cover, but maybe useful?
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201608
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201508
https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/national/201408

We're driving up to the NW corner of MO, and I'm half expecting tornadoes that day. I have a couple of coworkers/amateur stargazers who are driving further north into Nebraska, their reasoning being that they'd like to avoid the crowds. They've found themselves some campsite in the middle of nowhere. I think weather is a crapshoot anyway, so I'd lean towards avoiding the larger urban centers if I was flying solo, but I'll have a couple of munchkins in tow.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Postby rowan » Wed May 10, 11:26 2017

Heh I should have thought to check NOAA. :)
Definitely having a kiddo in tow makes a difference.

Oh hey this is cool: https://eclipse.aas.org/event-map
This is the American Astronomical Society's list of events. :) Searchable by location!
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