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Visualization of the total solar eclipse coming August 21.
 

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

7/16/17 7:47 PM

Visualization of the total solar eclipse coming August 21.

I've heard 200 million Americans live within a day's drive of the total eclipse and that campgrounds and hotels have been sold out for two years. As much as I want to witness this less than once in a lifetime event (99 years since the last similar one in the US,) all I can think of now is that Monday, August 21, 2017 will go down in history as the worst traffic jam of all time.

The Heavens Above Eclipse Page

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 15870
Location: Portland, OR

7/16/17 8:08 PM

We are in luck here. We will drive 30 minutes and see total obstruction for 0:01:38. The max center line another hour south is 0:02:20. So we are not driving 2 more hours for less than a minute more. Plus we have friends @ 30 minute south.

C1 to C4 is 2 hours 38 minutes.

Traffic, thankfully it is a Monday. ;)



https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/interactive_map/index.html

Add ?zoom=1 to the end for extended zoom.

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dddd
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: NorCal

7/16/17 8:39 PM

Back around 1995 or so, there was a special kind of solar eclipse, I drove for a half-hour to see what I recall was a perfect ring of light in the sky, visible from near a L.A. beach, so I guess it was the moon that appeared just a little smaller than the sun.
I recall wearing three pair of sunglasses to allow safe viewing.

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
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Location: Springfield

8/3/17 4:48 PM

Google map of libraries with free eclipse viewing glasses

Page with a link to a 25 page guide to solar eclipses.

NASA site along these lines.

Just for grins, this is the non-zoomed map from above.

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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
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Location: Westchester/NYC

8/3/17 5:13 PM

There will be another one a few years down the road again. So not quite once-in-a-lifetime.

The best way to beat traffic is always by bike!

That's for this forum. :D

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JohnC
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
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Location: Glastonbury, Ct

8/4/17 1:46 PM


quote:
less than once in a lifetime event (99 years since the last similar one in the US,)

On average, but the schedule isn't that regular. There's another one seven years from now, also close to a lot of population.
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html

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Sparky
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Location: Portland, OR

8/4/17 6:28 PM

It is interesting that NW KY in both 2017 and 2024 both is getting full eclipse. I have relatives there.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
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Location: Nashua, NH

8/5/17 7:45 AM

I could make it within a day, but I think I'll wait for the movie. ;-)

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April
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Location: Westchester/NYC

8/5/17 9:17 AM

You can see a partial where you are.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

8/5/17 1:56 PM

Don't forget 1963

Total Eclipse of the Sonny:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NsU8yBZGTug

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daddy-o
Joined: 12 Apr 2004
Posts: 2858
Location: Springfield

8/6/17 10:43 AM

That's what I get for not fact checking!

Was Total Eclipse of the Sonny the Maine fight?

Dang journalists, "Once in a lifetime" was an attention grabber from an article that refers to the collective experience of everyone in the US observing a single total eclipse event where the shadow of the partial eclipse stretches from the northern tip of Alaska to the southern tip of Hawaii. According to the article that last happened in 1918. The citizens of San Diego in 1923 would argue otherwise. Purists might argue 1930 or 1932 for different reasons. Barack Obama's mother would say 1963 was definitely NOT within the criteria. I remember 1970 and it may be the one Carly Simon wrote about in Your're So Vain

Hopefully we all will live to see the one in 2045. I making reservations for 2024, I'll bet Austin will be fun. But a bike-ride away in Maine takes the cake.

So here's kind of a Greatest Hits for your viewing pleasure:
Source: Heavens-Above.com eclipses.
2045 2024
1918 1923
1930 hybrid 1932
1963 1970
1994 annular No flat-Earther here!

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