1880: "Eclipse Review"

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby GlassHouses » Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 pm UTC

JPatten wrote:I will have to agree that it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Even with the clouds getting mostly in the way.
We viewed from the NorthEast corner of Georgia


I flew down to Charleston, SC, because I wanted to see the totality, not just the 70% or so we would see in the NY metro area.

I got to see the first part, from first contact to about three-quarters covered, with the clouds staying out of the way; then some wispy clouds made visibility more and more spotty... the last I saw of the eclipse was about 90% coverage, before a big thundercloud moved in and ended the show. When totality arrived, you couldn't even tell, because under a big dark thundercloud, it is dark anyway, and the remaining light has a slightly unworldly quality, too.

*sigh* I'm still not quite over the disappointment. Guess I'll try again in 2024!

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby serutan » Sat Aug 26, 2017 6:59 am UTC

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Adairville was part of my stomping grounds growing up.

I drove up to Idaho to see it. The eclipse websites all said that you hadn't seen an eclipse until you'd seen a total
eclipse. Having now seen it, I call that assertion a masterpiece of understatement.
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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby Eternal Density » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:41 pm UTC

Eh, the supermoon was pretty cool to see actually.

I'm curious why in the next few decades NZ gets more eclipses than Australia.
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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby SBN » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:31 pm UTC

Evadman wrote:I was lucky enough to be within driving distance of totality, but barely. Drove 5 hours to get there, [...]

I would do it again in an instant.


Much the same. We spent the weekend before in Charlotte, NC, having driven up from FL. Night before we went down to Greenville, SC. We hadn't picked a specific spot ahead of time, because I knew the weather might be fickle, so we researched from the motel and picked a destination for the morning. Settled on an obscure county park with 2 minutes and 26 seconds of totality, and restrooms. Got there around 11 am, and took two of the last parking spaces. (We were 4 adults and 380 pounds of dogs, one car was not sufficient.)

Folks continued to come in, I'd guess around 200, not an unfriendly group, but not a lot of mingling. Mostly each group staked out a tree to relax under between check ins on the partial, and then we sort of ringed the field as totality approached.

I had been in total nerd mode for upwards of a year, and partial nerd since I saw the clouds get dark in '79.

A couple things I read proved very helpful - 1) Don't bother (much) with photos, let other people get that. 2) Make sure you pay attention to more than just the sun, because a) there is a lot else to notice and b) your brain likes to turn videos into gifs, it won't store more than 8 seconds of the same thing. So I had my list of things to look for/notice and my phone app that spoke some of them at appropriate times. - I think my favorite was the shadow bands. The crowd reaction as folks noticed and told folks near them to look at the ground, who then reacted, and told other folks - A wave of awe around our ring.

Someone described the difference between totality and 99% partiality as the difference between going to your favorite restaurant, and going 99% of the way there. I'd say that expresses it pretty well.

From there we headed to Columbia, where we had identified a dog friendly restaurant, at about 6 pm we joined the throng heading to FL, which took an additional 5 hours for one car, and 7 for the other (due to a gap in cell phone coverage during the time that they needed the GPS to route them around the traffic.)

Plans currently being made for 2024, and 2045, where totality will be just south of us.
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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby JPatten » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:54 pm UTC

GlassHouses wrote:
I flew down to Charleston, SC, because I wanted to see the totality, not just the 70% or so we would see in the NY metro area.

I got to see the first part, from first contact to about three-quarters covered, with the clouds staying out of the way; then some wispy clouds made visibility more and more spotty... the last I saw of the eclipse was about 90% coverage, before a big thundercloud moved in and ended the show. When totality arrived, you couldn't even tell, because under a big dark thundercloud, it is dark anyway, and the remaining light has a slightly unworldly quality, too.

*sigh* I'm still not quite over the disappointment. Guess I'll try again in 2024!

That sucks.... WE at least got to see the totality, even through thin clouds, which did spoil seeing the spectacularity of the corona.

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby Scorpio3002 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:08 pm UTC

Randall took a big risk, viewing it from the midwest. I imagine flights and hotels were involved. Glad it worked out for him. I spent 13 hours in the car that day, my copilot glued to the weather reports before we realized that nobody could give us a definite forecast, so I just picked a random town in the St. Louis area, which turned out great.

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby The Snide Sniper » Thu Sep 07, 2017 4:10 pm UTC

Have to say I completely agree with this comic. There is very little that is cooler than a solar eclipse.
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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby Catprog » Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:41 am UTC

I saw it as part of my USA trip with a group I chat with online in a park in Nashville TN. Only traffic problems was getting to the hotel in Columbia, TN .

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby reval » Sun Sep 10, 2017 4:14 pm UTC

A haze of thin overcast isn't a problem at all: you can still see the bite taken out of the sun through the glasses. When a heavier cloud goes by, you can't see the bite. But even the heavier clouds can't interfere with the effect of totality: a brilliant spark and it's day, and then there isn't - and it isn't. And then it all comes back on again. (You can't see the corona through overcast, but that's not the big show.)

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby ucim » Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:52 pm UTC

reval wrote:You can't see the corona through overcast, but that's not the big show
Have you seen the corona? That was a pretty big show for me.

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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby orthogon » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:26 pm UTC

reval wrote:A haze of thin overcast isn't a problem at all [...]

Wait, overcast is a noun over there?
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Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Postby pogrmman » Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:43 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
reval wrote:A haze of thin overcast isn't a problem at all [...]

Wait, overcast is a noun over there?


It's not the most normal usage, but it isn't all that unusual. I've even seen some forecasts saying things like "then some overcast will push in later in the day".

I've personally said stuff like "overcast came in and made me not finish my sketch".


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