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Taq
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Message 10 of 103 (817432)
08-17-2017 1:19 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Tanypteryx
08-16-2017 7:24 PM


Re: The Eclipse Conspiracy
Tanypteryx writes:
How many here are planning to view the eclipse on August 21? I had originally planned to camp along the John Day River, a few miles east of the town of Spray, Oregon, but then we started hearing that 1.5 million people were expected to visit Oregon for the event. An estimated 12,000 people were expected in Spray, a dinky place, population 160. It is going to be the biggest traffic jam in the history of Oregon.
I am planning on driving to the Idaho/Oregon border (about 1 hour drive) and driving into farm country. Hopefully there will be some open farm roads to pull over and watch. The closest towns to me would be Ontario and Weiser, but they are probably going to be a mess. Some acquaintances of mine are heading up to Stanley, ID this weekend and through the eclipse, which would be a blast.

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Message 14 of 103 (817577)
08-18-2017 11:21 AM
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08-17-2017 7:27 PM


Re: The Eclipse Conspiracy
Coragyps writes:
Taq, I hope to see you around Ontario - I'm going up to see my brother in Idaho, and just coincidentally see the eclipse.
It's tempting to drive into Ontario, but I think I will try my luck in the outlying areas. Enjoy your time in Idaho!

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Message 15 of 103 (817592)
08-18-2017 12:36 PM


Found this xkcd cartoon that made me chuckle:

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Message 17 of 103 (817602)
08-18-2017 2:42 PM
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08-18-2017 2:40 PM


Tanypteryx writes:
My wife got some great photos in that moment before totality with just a sliver of the sun showing and a "fogbow" around the sun and hooded people standing over their tripods in the fog, very druidish looking!
I have heard reports from local farmers that there has been a rush on buying goats, presumably for pagan sacrifices. "Druidish" might not be too far off.

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Message 36 of 103 (818071)
08-23-2017 10:56 AM


Easy Peasy
My bet on farm country paid off. 1 hour drive from Boise and I found myself on an asphalt driveway that a farmer was letting people park on for free, just outside of Payette, ID. No traffic, no fuss. Stood out in the Sun as the partial eclipse started and felt the slow cooling, which to my logical brain made sense, but something instinctual found it unnerving.
What I wasn't prepared for was the difference between partial and total eclipse. One moment there is still this bright Sun in the sky, and the next there is the most beautiful black hole you have ever seen.
Like others have said, there is no such thing as a partial solar eclipse. Total is the only way to go.

  
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Message 40 of 103 (818183)
08-24-2017 4:39 PM
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08-24-2017 4:31 PM


Re: Why can't I see one?
caffeine writes:
I recall, all the way back in 1999, that there was excitement about an eclipse in Europe, but this was only a 'partial eclipse' (not sure if that referred only to the particular part of Europe I happened to be in). I recall that it was cloudy, and it got a bit dimmer. I was underwhelmed.
That's about the extent of it. 99% coverage is not 99% of a total eclipse, as far as the spectacle goes. Excusing the pun, but the difference between a partial eclipse and a total eclipse is night and day.
However, there is nothing anywhere near me. How is that Washington, Illinois and some remote spots in the ocean get two eclipses in a decade, while I see none despite several decades of life. Am I just unlucky in timing, or is there actually some reason that Europe is less likely to fall in the path of an eclipse?
I would think that you are just unlucky. After having watched the last one, I can say that it would be worth it to at least pay for airfare and fly to the states if you can find a free place to stay (e.g. friends, EvC posters willing to host). There was a ton of price gouging for this last eclipse, so housing could be a problem.

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Message 72 of 103 (917379)
04-04-2024 12:10 PM
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04-03-2024 8:54 PM


Re: Eclipse 2024, . . . this time it's personal
Tanypteryx writes:
If the weather is cloudy don't give up until it's over, because a phenomena that has been reported from numerous other eclipses is that minutes before totality the clouds often break. This is hypothesized to be cause by the temperature drop along the path. I read this recently and will try and find the reference.
The temperature drop was something I wasn't prepared for when I saw the 2017 eclipse, and was probably helped by the arid climate. I had no idea the temp could drop that much that fast. It added to the eeriness of the whole experience.

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Message 77 of 103 (917395)
04-05-2024 11:05 AM
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04-05-2024 2:21 AM


Re: Eclipse 2024, . . . this time it's personal
dwise1 writes:
During a partial eclipse in Southern California circa 1991, the only things noticeable were that the sunlight seemed only slightly dimmer (something what would have gone right past us if we weren't expecting it), but we definitely felt the drop in temperature.
For me it was reminder of how fallible our monkey brains can be. I mean, it should be no different than moving from the sunlight into the shade, right? Nope, totally different. Monkey brain freaked out.

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