Solar Eclipse 2017

Richard

All-Pro
Feb 1, 2013
Marlow, UK
Do any of you lucky people live along the predicted route of tomorrow's solar eclipse? The US states which lie along the path of totality are: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and South Carolina (it says here) so you guys are in for a treat if the skies are clear.

I've never been fortunate enough to experience a total eclipse of the sun. Those that have say it's a spectacular sight and an unnerving, eerie experience - a rare reminder that we're standing on a big rock in space with another big rock circling around us.

The last eclipse we had here was of the partial variety and it chose a day when there was complete cloud cover. Standing in the garden with my home-made viewing equipment (large cardboard box with a hole at one end and a paper screen at the other, worn over the head) I thought I detected a slight darkening of the skies. I definitely detected some laughter from the neighbours. It was generally a big let-down.

So, good luck if you live along the path of tomorrow's eclipse or if you are travelling to see it. Enjoy the show but don't take any risks with your eyesight.

-R
 
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Richard

All-Pro
Feb 1, 2013
Marlow, UK
I've just discovered that our next total solar eclipse here in the UK will be in the year 2090, when I will be 127 years old.

It's something to look forward to, I suppose.

-R
 
Nov 11, 2011
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
I've just discovered that our next total solar eclipse here in the UK will be in the year 2090, when I will be 127 years old.

It's something to look forward to, I suppose.

-R
Based on how my body feels at 48, I would definitely NOT look forward to when I am 127. I remember a partial eclipse when I was young and I wasn't impressed. I can't imagine seeing a total eclipse being much more exciting. We're expected to get around 83% of totality, but our weather forecast is for clouds and rain.

I really feel sorry for the folks that have traveled to a destination along the arc of totality if they end up being clouded over. But I won't lose any sleep over it.
 

tonyturley

Legend
Nov 24, 2014
Scott Depot, WV, USA
Tony
We are expecting about 87% occlusion. A year ago, a colleague of mine called hotels in the the nearest town to us (about a 6 hour drive) with 100%. They were asking $800 a night for rooms that usually go for $50-60. A year ago. Don't know what he ended up doing.
 

Richard

All-Pro
Feb 1, 2013
Marlow, UK
Alas, we in the Antipodes will not be seeing it.
That's particularly disappointing as it means that the Koorie people of New South Wales won't have the opportunity to use their traditional and colourful term for a solar eclipse - 'Kerosene lamp bilong Jesus gone bugger-up'.

-R
 

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