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Apr 8, 2024 - 6:30:25 PM
14925 posts since 9/23/2009

We enjoyed it from our front porch very much. It's a rare privilege to witness these awesome occurrences in our world/ solar system. Pretty doggone cool, I'd say.

Apr 8, 2024 - 6:54:31 PM

3354 posts since 10/22/2007

We took some friends and traveled 30 miles south, to clear skies. Yep. Seen it. Done it.

Apr 8, 2024 - 8:24:17 PM
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423 posts since 6/3/2016

We had a great eclipse in south Texas! It was kind of a miracle as the sun emerged for 4 minutes and 23 seconds of totality after a mostly cloudy day. 


Apr 9, 2024 - 4:25:25 AM
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carlb

USA

2648 posts since 2/2/2008

For the most part, blocked by clouds.

Apr 9, 2024 - 4:57:09 AM

14925 posts since 9/23/2009

Oh, too bad about the clouds. We had perfect weather and clear skies, although we were not in the 100 per cent totality range...and as cool as ours was to watch, I sure think we missed quite a lot when I see the awesome photos like Ernie has. Wow!

This is the kinda stuff I felt like everyday when I took a conceptual physics class for non science majors (a.k.a., for idiots...lol) in college. It was just full of amazing, unbelievably weird and wacky ways of our universe and the, what's known, suspected, or understood laws that it exists by. It was one of those night classes that's 3 hours long...it was so exciting we always forgot to take a mid-class break and usually got held overtime...this world and the universe are so amazing. If I was smart enough to figure out 2 plus 2 I would have majored in physics...lol...but glad for those who have written the books on conceptual physics for the rest of us.

Apr 9, 2024 - 5:23:21 AM
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11460 posts since 3/19/2009

Our little clan had an amazing experience.. Out neighbors we literally up on their roof during the event..I suppose they wanted to get as close to the sun as possible..Relatives who drove to the area had to spend a couple extra hours in the car due to heavy traffic.

Apr 9, 2024 - 6:17:07 AM

254 posts since 11/26/2013

Non event here on Isle of Long, NY. Overcast, so it did get darker for a minute or 2, but no direct observation.

Apr 9, 2024 - 6:38:57 AM

212 posts since 12/30/2008

I was at work. I went outside and looked a couple of times in the early stages, then again to watch the totality and a bit after. Looked again as I was getting into my car, and once more from home, by which time it was nearly over.

Apr 9, 2024 - 7:23:49 AM
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DougD

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Great photos Ernie! We were far outside the band of totality, and it was a grey, rainy day anyway. It did seem to get a little gloomier around 3 PM.
I listened to it on the radio.

Apr 9, 2024 - 1:56:58 PM
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doryman

USA

596 posts since 2/10/2020

I had the double pleasure of visiting my brother and his wonderful family in Dallas, TX and veiwing the eclipse. It was cloudy all morning and I thought the viewing was going to be a bust, but it cleared up just in time for totality. It was stunning. I've always been fascinated by astronomical events, eclipses, comets, northern lights, meteor showers, super novas, rocket launches...the works. I'm glad that, every rare once in a while, lots of people share my joy and wonder.

Apr 9, 2024 - 3:29:56 PM

2478 posts since 12/11/2008

Perfectly visible in a sky that only had enough clouds to make it even prettier. Certainly not a full eclipse at this Tropical Latitude, but the earth made a nice sharp shadow.

Apr 9, 2024 - 5:24:31 PM

884 posts since 6/11/2019

Seems the whole world traveled here and left a mess. Wrecked cars all over the place. We were in 99.57%. 2 hour drive to be in 100%, but you couldn't have paid me to leave our farm to be amongst the shenanigans. Lordy, all the media hype. It got darker, but saw no stars, pretty much like putting on sunglasses--viewed it through a welding helmet. Cattle kept on grazing, chickens didn't go up. Most birds kept singing. Boooo. I want my money back.

Apr 9, 2024 - 6:26:40 PM
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6463 posts since 9/26/2008

99.57 isn't 100 by a very very long shot, trust me I've seen both more than once.
While I could have traveled a mere 6 hours to see it in Illinois, I drove 7.5 hours to Lee's house in Indiana where we also had 4+ minutes of totality. Extra neat this time around because with the naked eye we could see a pink anomaly near the bottom of the sun which, using my telescope, turned out to be a ~huge~ solar flare. Under the scope there were other flares visible as well as sunspots when the shadow wasn't covering it (projected onto cardboard because, well, it is the sun after all). One sunspot was very large and obvious, the other wasn't visible until I fine tuned the focus.
If the opportunity comes up to travel out of country to see another, I may do it. Even if there are cloudy skies (it was clear in IN), it gets dark, not dim-ish, dark like sun's down but not quite night dark. We saw stars (planets actually) and the neighbors hollered out that they saw a bat. My take away both times is we owe everything to the sun, without it our planet would be an icecube. 6-8 degree drop in temperature, noticable change immediately.

Left pretty quickly afterwards, thanks again Lee for the hospitality!
It took me 10 hours to drive back home, much of the delay happening in the various towns I drove through, where stoplights or stopsigns created bottlenecks and it didn't matter whether I was on state highway, county road or interstate highway. Interstate delays happened because of exit and entrance ramps.

Still worth the hassle 100%.

Edited by - ChickenMan on 04/09/2024 18:31:34

Apr 9, 2024 - 6:35:51 PM

14925 posts since 9/23/2009

I wouldn't travel for it because I just cannot stand to travel...like to be home. But I agree...we didn't have 100 per cent either...so we didn't get to see stars or the diamond ring come, total darkness, birds kept singing...but it was still pretty cool. I do agree that even 99 per cent won't do it like 100. It's really gotta be the whole dang thing to see all the right stuff. We saw the one in 2017...we were in TN workin' our behinds off on the old homeplace...and that was closer to 100 than what we got this time...but still...the 100 per cent is what people are runnin' around all over the place to get to...understandable...I would too if I could stand to travel...I just personally can't stand it...lol. So obviously...I missed it twice now...and the next one I'll be 91 or dead...lol...hopefully not both at the same time...and I probably still won't like to travel...I think that one will be way down south...Alabama, Florida, etc.

Apr 9, 2024 - 6:50:06 PM

DougD

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Billy, is that the solar flare in the lower right edge of the sun in Ernie's phtos?

Apr 9, 2024 - 7:29:31 PM
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doryman

USA

596 posts since 2/10/2020

quote:
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99.57 isn't 100 by a very very long shot, trust me I've seen both more than once.
 


Exactly correct.  It's is absolutely binary.  It's hard to convince people though. 

Apr 9, 2024 - 8:09:23 PM

6463 posts since 9/26/2008

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Originally posted by DougD

Billy, is that the solar flare in the lower right edge of the sun in Ernie's phtos?


Indeed! It appeared a little lower on the circle but that's definitely it - a big red fiery pyramid. You can actually see several in the one photo. The ones seen only through the telescope were around the upper rim. Super cool to my science geek self.

Edited by - ChickenMan on 04/09/2024 20:10:58

Apr 10, 2024 - 1:30:32 AM
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RB-1

Netherlands

157 posts since 9/28/2020

Eclipse? What eclipse?

We had sun all day, yesterday....wink

Apr 10, 2024 - 4:47:53 AM

14925 posts since 9/23/2009

Bruno, I hope you enjoyed your bright and sunny day while everybody was scrambling around in these parts. When the solar eclipse comes out your way, be sure and get us some photos!

Apr 10, 2024 - 5:11:26 AM
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my wife and I along with some family watched it. Had a good time of fellowship. I couldn't help but compare it to the one I experienced in the early sixties. We did not make a big thing out of it. No school closings. No big hoopaloo at all that can recall. I was 18 or 19 yrs. old and as I was coming out of the barber shop it got dark and the street lights came on. Looked eerie like it did this time.

Apr 10, 2024 - 7:21:45 AM

485 posts since 4/15/2019

I went back and checked the internet to see what it said about the eclipse in 1963. It said it was a partial eclipse. All I know is it got somewhat dark and the street lights came on.

Apr 10, 2024 - 9:36:55 AM

14925 posts since 9/23/2009

It's kinda weird that such a big deal was made this time...I think in 2017 people were traveling to see it then too. But this time, if you think what we've all been through with the pandemic and all the stuff that's still messed up from supply chains and all the division over whether one should be vaccinated or whether that was some secret ploy to kill us all or science working hard to get us through, or whether the virus itself was some secret plan to do away with us all or just nature lashing out on us, or whether we could all just get through it together, and getting a small taste of how it was for the people in Henry Purcell's time (the composer who wrote the early opera that my daughter and I just did by ear a few years back...lol...Dido and Aneaus...took us 2 years to get 'er done), with the plague, fires, wars in England back then....the general confusion, fear, suspicion and depression of the entire population...I mean...if we are truly still coming out of that, then you can see pretty easily how we could soak up a buncha joy, companionship, excitement, wonder and happiness over a rare view of the awesomeness of the world we share together. I think it was good that everybody made a big deal of it...I think we all needed that...even those of us sticks in the mud who didn't get up and go...it was stil good for everybody and it'd be nice if there was more stuff to get us all excited, focused, just happy...together.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/10/2024 09:39:03

Apr 10, 2024 - 10:08:18 AM

DougD

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As I recall, the 2017 eclipse was quite a big deal too, partly because there hadn't been a total eclipse visible in the US for 40 years or so, and it was the first visible from coast to coast in 100 years. There were a lot of glasses distrbuted, and I had friends who traveled to see it then, just like now, only to have the weather not cooperate. I was just looking up the path, and found it still referred to as the "Great American Eclipse of 2017" by the National Weather Service.

Edited by - DougD on 04/10/2024 10:15:55

Apr 10, 2024 - 10:30:07 AM

14925 posts since 9/23/2009

Yep...exactly. But it wasn't as big a deal as this one. We were in Tn, working our butts off like we always did back then before the family ruined the house and basically made us go broke..lol.., ran to the library to get some free glasses and saw a pretty good show...but not totality...I can see why people would make the extra trip. I don't remember it being the same big deal as this one, though. I've seen bits and pieces of eclipses before but don't remember muchabout them...people would travel and you heard some, but this one here seemed like a really big deal to me...maybe I'm just nutso...lol...maybe it was the usual eclipse doings...seemed like more to me though. Our neighbor wouldn't allow her granddaughter to view it since it's an evil thing or something...that made me sad.

Apr 10, 2024 - 11:58:37 AM

1170 posts since 7/30/2021

Here in NC it was very cool to watch, the sun went down to a thin little crescent. The light got funny, and it got cooler. On Amazon you can get 12 eclipse glasses for $6.99! So we had ordered a pack, and we gave some to neighbors.

I know several people who Travelled… drove hundreds of miles, and got a hotel room! Flute-playing friend showed me her husband’s photos of Totality and they were amazingly good…big black circle with flames of light streaming out the sides…must be amazing to see in person!! But we were too busy to drive (husband not willing to cancel his Monday class, he taught as usual from 11-1).

Hope we’re around for the next one (2044)…

Apr 10, 2024 - 12:51:50 PM
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Netherlands

157 posts since 9/28/2020

quote:
Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Bruno, I hope you enjoyed your bright and sunny day while everybody was scrambling around in these parts.

When the solar eclipse comes out your way, be sure and get us some photos!


Yes, we did! Nice and quiet.... smiley

I will, but can you wait a bit? Next one over here will be on Oct. 7th, 2135.... wink

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