The 2017 North American Solar Eclipse

Discussion in 'Astronomy, Exobiology, & Cosmology' started by joepistole, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. joepistole Deacon Blues Valued Senior Member

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  3. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    I will see dam near total eclipse here in indiana... thanks for the grate link.!!!
     
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    People are going nuts for this in Oregon, I don't get it. It gets dark and then it gets light again, I saw a partial one in Maryland as a teenager.
     
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    Well, it came and went. It wasn't all that spectacular. In my location we had a 92% occlusion of the Sun. During the period of maximum occlusion it became dusk like and the temperature dropped about 4 degrees. But other than that; it went mostly unnoticed.
     
  8. Dr_Toad It's green! Valued Senior Member

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    It was noticed here in the Austin area. We had 62% of total, and the soft light and temperature drop were very much appreciated. It would be nice to live under that sun instead of the one we have...
     
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    A partial eclipse, even 95%, is no big deal. A total eclipse an awe inspiring occurrence. Listen to a sound recording of the gasps, oohs and aahs when totality happens. These people saw 99% but the second totality hits they go nuts.

    We had about 70% here. I like to look at the sunlight filtering through trees. The ground is covered with little cresents of light.
     
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    We saw that here as well. Very nice, even if it was partial.
     
  11. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    :slaps forehead:
    :slaps forehead AGAIN:

    THAT's what I should have gotten a pic of!!!
    Here I was being sheepular and using a pinhole to get a boring crescent on a white piece of paper, like 10 million other boring crescents on a white piece of paper.
    I could have gotten a spectacular shot of a thousand tiny crescents in the shade of a tree.

    (I was actually intrigued looking at my own shadow and noticing it had an unusual double fringe, but I didn't make the leap of creativity. )

    I will set a timer on my phone for six years from now...
     
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    I noticed that effect too. It also seemed that in one direction the shadow edge was sharp and in the orthogonal direction the shadow edge was fuzzy. As in a shadow from a square would have two sides sharp and two sides fuzzy. I think the sharp shadow edges were in the east and west direction.

    Could have been that I drew an optical conclusion from an optical illusion, I only had a few minutes to look.
     
  15. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Arrived in Lincoln city, OR yesterday. Despite predictions of heavy traffic, delays and huge crowds, things were relatively quiet for a weekend day at the beach. When we checked-in to our hotel, the clerk said it had been dead all weekend. She felt that all the doom and gloom news reports scared people away.

    It was sunny when we arrived yesterday, then clouded over and cleared up again. We woke to heavy fog this am, which tempted us a couple of times of lifting, only to thicken again. The sun kept drifting in and out of visibility.

    We were set up just outside of the hotel. About 20 min before totality, a sanitation truck showed up and the driver told us that if just went down the road, turned left, and drove for about 3/4 mile, the sky was clear. We jumped into the car, and sure enough, he was right. There were some locals there at a pull out and we joined them.
    I was able to get a shot of totality with my digital camera and ended up with a bunch of email addresses from people who wanted a copy as none of the ones they tried to take with their cell phones turned out. I look on it as paying forward a kindness to strangers that a stranger gave to me.
     
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    I listened to NPR during eclipse. People were very excited in the zone of totality, except in Kansas City. Apparently, it was raining in Kansas City during the period of totality.
     
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    Here in Indiana the clouds was comin an goin but was mostly clear durin the eclipse... an while it was at its peak of 95% i decided to take a pic for all my frinds here at Sciforums.!!!

    Drum Roll please........ ############# :::

    Just befor it reached its peak a thick cloud blocked it out... an then when it cleared up after about 1 minute i was so spiritualy moved that i nearly had the thout that Jesus had opened up the clouds just for me.!!!

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    Big-Brain Fearless-Leader strong like Bull... dont need no special glasses to stare at partial eclipse... just grits teeth an tuffs it out.!!!


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    Two of the shots I was able to get with my camera.

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    The last one was a bit difficult to pull off. I didn't have a solar filter for my camera, so I improvised by putting my eclipse glasses in front of the lens. As my glasses were this style:

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    This proved to be a challenge, as they had to be held just so, or it didn't work. (even a shift of slight fraction of an inch would go from sharp image to nothing.) Most the the attempts were useless.
     
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    I took pictures of the people and the light. The actual eclipse isn't that interesting
     
  21. cluelusshusbund + Public Dilemma + Valued Senior Member

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    Not bad... at least as good as mine.!!!

    A total eclipse woud have been a lot more interestin... i woud have enjoyed lookin directly at it wit-out a need for dark glasses... an a good camera set-up woud have been fun to play wit... but it was still perty neet to witness a live 95% eclipse... an im realy lookin forward to the next one over Indiana cause that means i will have lived anuther 7 years

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    watched the totality in Madras Oregon, arrived a week early to get the feeling of the place, going native , and watched it from atop the city.The place had spruced up, and mercifully, most of the visitors were herded, conned, into pay for stay corrals in the surroundings. . We were advised by a visiting Nasa speaker to leave the telescoping, photographing to the professionals, not to fiddle with equipment, and to concentrate with our senses on the effects on the ground, in the sky,-- naturally, and most importantly, from a high perch. Amazing to see the sunlight fading without the usual red colours, but in black and white, while the buttes, and the horizon all around us, remained in daylight, the gradual dimming, but then the sudden plunge of the city below turning into a deep darkness black hole. There was a bright ring around the black moon and an extensive halo, much more light than I expected, perhaps due to the thin cirrus overcast. A truly great experience. Must have awed the ancients too, that did not even know the moon was up there in the daytime. wow. It was not 2 minutes, much too short for this ~ 90 year old with time rushing by; --Who will travel to the shadow again if still alive.
    ps: interesting too, to hear the event accompanied by the roar the jets that were chasing the totality to get longer clearer viewing, (or were chasing the shadow) together with the shrieks of the crowd that shared their emotions.
    Janus58, great photos. That prominence you showed, or a near one, was visible the Thursday before the eclipse in the telescope on display at Madras' Music, Arts Auditorium.
     
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  23. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Just a couple of notes on my total eclipse photo. The little colored spots on the edge of the disk are caused by solar prominences and the white dot towards the lower left of the image is the star Regulus.
     

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