Total Solar Eclipse 2017

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by spacefem » Sat Aug 19, 14:25 2017

This might be a dumb question but... my kids and pets play outside every day without staring at the sun. Why are people extra paranoid that they'll do it during the eclipse?
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by DarkOne » Sat Aug 19, 20:42 2017

I think when my kids see other people staring up, they will want to find out what's up there that's so interesting and won't care they're not wearing the nerdy solar viewers. I'm hoping their insticts to look away from things that are too bright will kick in.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by rowan » Mon Aug 21, 7:12 2017

Pets won't bother. People are being weird about that. Kids, though, will follow what others are doing, so I would be concerned about that. We made a mask with the solar glasses in for the toddler with us, I think it will be cool and fun way to keep him wearing them and safe.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by Sonic# » Mon Aug 21, 9:55 2017

We're partly cloudy right now. We've got a good chance at seeing totality. My glasses are ready!

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by Enigma » Mon Aug 21, 15:17 2017

It wasn't a total eclipse here but I was able to watch it through some viewing glasses my coworker brought in. It was really cool! Glad I got the chance.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by octarineoboe » Mon Aug 21, 18:31 2017

Only partial here too but still super-cool! Watched with a combination of a pinhole viewer and glasses that coworkers were sharing.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by rowan » Mon Aug 21, 19:43 2017

ECLIPSE WAS AMAZEBALLS MORE LATER OMG WHOAAAA
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by DarkOne » Mon Aug 21, 21:46 2017

Just got home. I was in St. Joseph MO and when we woke up NOAA was predicting 62% cloud cover and 54% chance of rain. And we said, well, screw that. So we drove an extra 100 miles, about 20 of those through a deluge, chasing clear skies, ended up in Higginsville, MO. Not a cloud in the sky. Cried like a baby. Looking forward to 2024.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by Sonic# » Tue Aug 22, 10:20 2017

Got clouds. Clouds broke just before and after totality. The drop to darkness was swift, resulting in an eerie near-twilight.

Then it took 7 hours to drive 100 miles.

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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by Bork » Thu Aug 24, 11:21 2017

HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS. THAT WAS INCREDIBLE.

I could spend hours and hours describing it, and still not even come close to what it was like at totality. If you ever have an opportunity to see an eclipse, DO IT.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by Aum » Thu Aug 24, 14:41 2017

I understand people wanting to see it casually, like stepping out of work or into their own backyards...

But I am SO sick to death of hearing about privileged people traveling all over to eclipse festivals and remote locations in the wilderness, where they flaunt their amazing status to the social media world.
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by rowan » Fri Aug 25, 21:15 2017

I think that's why this one was so fun for so many people in the U.S. is that it wasn't really *that* far for a lot of people here (in the U.S.). Though to be sure there still is an element of privilege involved in being able to take a couple days off for it. I mean the last one that was even remotely possible for me was in 1979. So maybe let people have their joy hmm?
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Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Post by octarineoboe » Sat Aug 26, 13:17 2017

I also don't see flaunting your eclipse trip as fundamentally different than talking on social media about any other vacation, or a show that costs lots of money, etc. It definitely can be obnoxious but I very much doubt most people are thinking "look how privileged I am!" Just "i want to share this cool thing I did," even if, yes, being able to do the cool thing is a function of privilege.

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