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#1 GoPre

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:21 AM

A bit late to ask this question.... any of you watching the eclipse today?  Where I'm at roughy 86% of the sun will be covered.  Wish I had traveled to an area that will get to experience a total eclipse, but I am still very excited.  Have a pair of safe solar glasses ready to go!



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:23 AM

I'll be driving to Rochester during it. Genuinely a bit worried about if it's really that safe to be driving during it. Don't have a choice. 



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:28 AM

I'll be driving to Rochester during it. Genuinely a bit worried about if it's really that safe to be driving during it. Don't have a choice.


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:33 AM

Yep. Grabbed the family and went to Columbia, SC last night. Currently at University of South Carolina... Go ######!

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

Yep. Grabbed the family and went to Columbia, SC last night. Currently at University of South Carolina... Go ######!


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 11:57 AM



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 12:54 PM

Yep. Grabbed the family and went to Columbia, SC last night. Currently at University of South Carolina... Go ######!

#Go Dawgs. Sanford Stadium is full of people. 


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 12:55 PM

I walked out with a piece of paper with a hole punched in it.  When I held it above the ground as high as I could, I could pretty clearly see the crescent shape.  I'd take a pic but they discourage pictures where I work.  But the effect is something like the spots of light filtering through a tree like in this pic I found on the net:

 

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:02 PM

I'm near Nashville. Using three pairs of sunglasses and a piece of dark plastic from a garbage bag. I'm so ghetto!



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:05 PM

had 4 pairs of sunglasses got a very clear view here in southern Cal (65%).   it wasn't dark, but strange lighting seemed like the sun was at half power



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:08 PM

So far, I haven't noticed any kind of change here in Buffalo.  Seems as bright as it was at noon.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 01:46 PM

Stepped outside when I noticed the leaf shadows changing shape. Some guys in the other office building had some glasses and were happy to pass them around. Eventually my whole office noticed I was outside having a look and came out. Pretty cool stuff. 



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:09 PM

Used a welder's mask w/ a 2nd glass in it to look for a couple of seconds..

Would say it was ~85% here and it was dusky w/ the light levels.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 02:17 PM

It was pretty uneventful here.  I'm only a couple hours away from the peak spots in SC, but it didn't get much darker than normal here.  It just goes to show you how much of that sun you need to block out in order for it to get dark outside.  I think I heard a number around 85% for what we would get here.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 03:04 PM

Apparently Buffalo and Rochester will be directly in the middle of the 100% total eclipse path on April 8, 2024.  https://www.greatame...m/april-8-2024/

 

[there is a Buffalo sports joke in here somewhere...]



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 04:15 PM

Apparently Buffalo and Rochester will be directly in the middle of the 100% total eclipse path on April 8, 2024.  https://www.greatame...m/april-8-2024/

 

[there is a Buffalo sports joke in here somewhere...]

Fort Worth will be fully eclipsed by that one as well, but lies kind of on the edge.  Buffalo is pretty much smack-dab in the middle.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:29 PM

That should be the next SS meetup.  Playoffs eclipse perfect.



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:27 PM

Apparently Buffalo and Rochester will be directly in the middle of the 100% total eclipse path on April 8, 2024.  https://www.greatame...m/april-8-2024/

 

[there is a Buffalo sports joke in here somewhere...]

 

what if it happens at night?



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:26 AM

what if it happens at night?


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 05:59 PM

picks folks i want pics

what if it happens at night?

too many I am afraid...

Edited by North Buffalo, 22 August 2017 - 05:59 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:24 PM

Lincoln, NE.  Total coverage.  Stared right at it for 1 minute and 30 seconds with no eye protection.  More impressive than I thought it would be.  Only good thing ever about living in Nebraska.



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:33 PM

He'll be blind by tomorrow night....



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:35 PM

He'll be blind by tomorrow night....

 

Perfect for watching the Bills.



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:35 PM

Lincoln, NE.  Total coverage.  Stared right at it for 1 minute and 30 seconds with no eye protection.  More impressive than I thought it would be.  Only good thing ever about living in Nebraska.

That's a terrible idea. UV radiation was still hitting your eyes, and that does damage without you even knowing that it's happening because it's not in the visible spectrum and so not "bright". 



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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:38 PM

Perfect for watching the Bills.

 

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 06:59 PM

That's a terrible idea. UV radiation was still hitting your eyes, and that does damage without you even knowing that it's happening because it's not in the visible spectrum and so not "bright". 

 

Not to worry: From eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety and NASA.

 

"Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality." 

 

Lincoln, NE was in the path of totality for 1 minute and 24 seconds.  Like I said, only good thing to happen in Lincoln, NE.  My eyes are fine today.  Thanks for the concern!


Edited by Tondas, 22 August 2017 - 06:59 PM.


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:16 PM

That's a terrible idea. UV radiation was still hitting your eyes, and that does damage without you even knowing that it's happening because it's not in the visible spectrum and so not "bright".


Isn't it possible for a person not to have signs or symptoms of damage for a few days after looking at a solar eclipse w/ no protection?

After watching a partial eclipse, I can't pass on the total in 2024. As much as I can't wait to see it, I will not look at a solar eclipse w/out eye protection.

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:43 PM

Not to worry: From eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety and NASA.
 
"Looking directly at the Sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the Moon entirely blocks the Sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality." 
 
Lincoln, NE was in the path of totality for 1 minute and 24 seconds.  Like I said, only good thing to happen in Lincoln, NE.  My eyes are fine today.  Thanks for the concern!


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Posted 22 August 2017 - 07:51 PM

You were a man of vision

 

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Posted 22 August 2017 - 09:16 PM

You're a man of vision

 

I see what you did there (we'll actually someone told me.) :unsure:


Edited by Tondas, 22 August 2017 - 09:19 PM.


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Posted 23 August 2017 - 08:23 AM

He'll be blind by tomorrow night....

 

You know, you may be onto something there.  He never did say where his hand was while looking at the eclipse.



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 08:43 AM

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 09:03 AM

I was in Saint Louis for this, just north of totality....think we had like 98 or 99% or something...it got very dark, like dusk, enough so that all the street lights came on(they were those automatic ones that turn on when it gets dark)...very cool to experience...we  didn't plan it like this, we just ended up there by accident at the right time...



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:43 AM

We traveled 11 hours to Millersville Tn for the eclipse. 

 

Total eclipse was for 2 minutes 33 seconds.

 

Looked at the eclipsed sun almost the whole time through binoculars. To see the solar flares like that is the one of the most amazing experience's ever. Like seeing one of the natural wonders of the world first hand. To experience all the automatic lights come on, how cool it got, the cicadas and crickets start singing then to  all stop 2 minutes later was very cool. 

 

I am not blind today or have any lingering affects. Both hands where on the binoculars the whole time. ;)



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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:51 AM

April in Buffalo, it'll be snowing.


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Posted 24 August 2017 - 11:15 AM

https://www.nasa.gov...ipse-shadow.gif

 

 

 

Really cool to watch.