Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by 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.

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https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/ ... oogle.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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Post by Nachos » Tue Mar 21, 7:29 2017

*sad European in Europe with no eclipse*
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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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

Post by 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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Post by 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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Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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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Post by 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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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by spacefem » Fri Aug 18, 7:38 2017

I don't think we can let the eclipse thread die until the actual eclipse happens :)

So! Get ready to share your eclipse experiences. The only thing I know about it is eclipse viewing glasses are sold out EVERYWHERE. We've got ours but zomg complaints and questions people. So I've been posting up how to make pinhole projectors, which is a totally legit way to view eclipse progression, and people are writing it off a little but I think they're great. You can see the world around you while watching the moon's shadow... neat!
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by DarkOne » Fri Aug 18, 9:14 2017

The nerd in me is super stoked. The rest of me is dreading the crowds and prospect of having to chase an opening in the clouds and the TRAFFIC. UGH the TRAFFIC... My husband and I and a cousin of his got to watch the final launch of the Discovery from Titusville, FL. The launch was scheduled for 4:30PM and I made everyone get up at 3:30AM so that we could be there by 6AM after a 2-hr drive. We were not the first ones there either, but close to. The launch was awesome and I cried and hugged strangers and felt like 'd just seen the coolest thing ever. Then, what should've been a 2-hr drive back took 6 hrs. And that was after waiting a couple of hours to even head out. Ugh. I expect the same insanity again, and I have to drive about 3-4 hrs to get into the path of totality. I blame having a toddler and a preschooler in tow for my stress.

I'm hoping after the eclipse I'll feel the same way I feel after roller coaster rides. I hate waiting in line for them. I hate the crowds. Hate the anticipation, would back out if I hadn't already committed to it with someone else, totally stress out over it. But after it's done, I love it and think it was totally worth it.

I have my viewers. Still deciding how I'm gonna handle this for the kids. I dunno if how I'm going to keep them from looking up... We're making a pinhole projector, but I also have some glasses lined with the protective film... Ugh... I think I'm gonna have to stash the toddler in the car... :P
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Post by Sonic# » Fri Aug 18, 9:18 2017

^ Public universities and organizations also have stocks of glasses. I know my school will be giving them out for free the day of the eclipse. And I used a pinhole projector in elementary school; it was really cool! It's not like I want to stare at the sun for that long anyway.

I will get to see the eclipse after all. We are staying at a cabin with my in-laws and their family friends in North Carolina. While I do hope for clear skies, even if it's cloudy I do want to experience daytime darkness.

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Post by rowan » Fri Aug 18, 11:07 2017

I think some parks are going to be giving them out too, so check with your local places! Libraries too!

If you're at home or taking a car somewhere, a colander with round holes also makes a great thing to project onto the ground with. :)

I am concerned the weather is going to be crap. >.<
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Post by lovernotafighter » Fri Aug 18, 20:39 2017

Ah. I read a little about the mayhem that will ensue. And I believe it will. Extra porta potties, extra staff at hospitals. CROWDS.
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However, of course I am excited about the eclipse, though I won't be driving to see it in full totality. It'll be close-enough. :) And it'll be a great time for a mega peace-healing meditation for planet earth! I encourage others to do the same! :) There is a lot of power with this eclipse at this time in our world. Planetary, EARTH healing is imminent. :) It all started before the election, and now it's another boost. Planned for us all. :) :) :)
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by DarkOne » Fri Aug 18, 22:43 2017

ugh You are all arguing on FB about important stuff, and I'm arguing about eclipse viewers... How do you scroll past "I'm confused why don't people just buy a pair of sunglasses?" without jumping in?
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I am concerned the weather is going to be crap. >.<
I'm getting a Charlie Brown vibe here... J/k. Half of the time I expect crappy weather. Half of the time I try not to think about it. We had a perfectly gorgeous clear day here today... Such a waste. :P
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