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a total eclipse of the sun [message #665094] Mon, 21 August 2017 13:13 Go to next message
BlackSwan
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I'm in the path for totality which will occur in about 20 minutes.

It is an impressive sight; or lack thereof!
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665109 is a reply to message #665094] Tue, 22 August 2017 02:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Get any pictures? Laughing
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665157 is a reply to message #665109] Wed, 23 August 2017 09:44 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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20 years ago there was a 98% eclipse of the sun (here where I live). I expected "night", but all I got was a somewhat grayish image of the world. Not too impressive. Maybe total (i.e. 100%) eclipse really *is* something much different, but - honestly - I don't think so.
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665160 is a reply to message #665157] Wed, 23 August 2017 10:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
gazzag
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Was it this one?

If so, where I live in the UK it was 97%. I too was amazed at the difference that 3% makes! The sky barely darkened!
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665161 is a reply to message #665160] Wed, 23 August 2017 11:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm just glad the world didn't end as some predicted.
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665169 is a reply to message #665161] Thu, 24 August 2017 02:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Don't hold your breath. Trump still has the nuclear codes.
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665179 is a reply to message #665160] Thu, 24 August 2017 08:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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gazzag wrote on Wed, 23 August 2017 17:57

Was it this one?

Yes, that's the one. I found a photo in my album, taken on Aug 11 1999. It shows our backyard with a note that it doesn't look that bad because of me or the camera, but the solar eclipse.
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665190 is a reply to message #665109] Thu, 24 August 2017 18:57 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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gazzag wrote on Tue, 22 August 2017 00:34
Get any pictures? Laughing
I took some pictures , but they are lousy.


We got 2+ minutes of totality. It was eerily quite & dark. Not as dark as night, but it was almost night.
We watched totality occur through "eclipse" glasses, & then it just went DARK.
I took of my glasses & the corona was SPECTACULAR!
It seemed like all vehicle traffic stopped & everyone pulled over to watch.

As soon as the first spec of the Sun became visible, IMMEDIATELY is was way to Bright to look at without the eclipse glasses.
Even with only 5% of the Sun exposed again, it was almost a bright as normal daytime.

This was my second total eclipse.
My first was may 7, 1970

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmap/SEmapNA/TSENorAm1951.gif

Hopefully this won't be my last one
Re: a total eclipse of the sun [message #665192 is a reply to message #665190] Fri, 25 August 2017 01:22 Go to previous message
John Watson
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I remember seeing a total lunar eclipse. This was, I thought, more dramatic than a solar eclipse: the moon becomes a weird orange colour. The event I saw was when the moon was only just above the horizon, so it looked huge.

The colour has a lot of physics behind it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_eclipse
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