Aug. 21, 2017 - U.S. Eclipse Path

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Anyone in the path of the "Great American Eclipse?"

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    Expected early weather forecast.​

    Wayne
     
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  2. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yes! I'm about 15 miles northeast of the centerline. Ky. relatives live ~50 miles northeast of the centerline (slightly outside the band of totality).
     
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi RedylC94:

    Are you having your relatives over?

    A lot of schools and business' in the eclipse path across the country are closing that day just for this. :)

    Wayne
     
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  4. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    No, they don't have to travel nearly that far to be within totality---but are still debating whether to fight possible traffic jams, restroom lines, etc. , or just stay home where they'll have only 97% blockage.

    I don't know of any businesses closing hereabouts, but at least one friend (a physics major and former spouse of an astronomy professor, incidentally) is taking a vacation day. Another local friend's sister is coming from Florida see it. Promoters with access to land with good hill-top views are selling tickets to all-afternoon eclipse parties.
     
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  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi RedylC94:

    So glad you will be in the path in any case!

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path

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    Cities and towns in the Great Eclipse of 2017 Path

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    Depoe Bay, OR
    Lime, OR
    Idaho Falls, ID
    Casper, WY
    Grand Island, NE
    Columbia, MO
    Metropolis, IL
    Nashville, TN
    Greenville, SC
    McClellanville, SC

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path Road Trip

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    3,090 miles from Pacific coast to Atlantic Coast following the Eclipse path.​

    Wayne
     
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  6. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I'm in the path. It's pretty crazy in eastern Idaho. The hotels are all booked up. People have rooms and apts advertised on craigslist for stupid prices. Traffic is picking up in the area with RVs towing CUVs everywhere.

    This will be my second total eclipse. The first one was Feb 26, 1979. I took a day off from college and my friends and I got up at o dark thirty to drive 250 miles to Butte, MT to be in the path of totality. It was completely worth it!

    From that experience I know that most of what gets passed around as advice about viewing the eclipse is BS. You don't need glasses or any of that crap. That's not where your attention should be focused at all. You should be focused on watching the penumbra rush toward you along the ground. The penumbra rushing along the ground is what gives you the sense of motion of the moon relative to the earth and it's amazing! The best way to see that is to get up in elevation so you can see the penumbra rushing from the greatest distance. I already have my spot picked.

    Another misconception is that the weather must be clear or the eclipse will somehow be ruined. I see that myth repeated ad nauseum. Clouds actually enhance the effect. You not only get to see the penumbra rush along the ground but see it rush through the clouds in the sky too. I'm praying for an overcast day.

    You must be in the path of totality to get the effect--to feel the earth moving. Close doesn't work.
     
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  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Jay:

    Good advice from someone who has been there!

    Latest weather forecast 10-days out. :)

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path Weather Forecast 08-11-2017

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    Wayne
     
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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Latest Great Eclipse of 2017 - 7-day out weather map... Ahh Ohh. :(

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path Weather Forecast 08-14-2017

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    Wayne
     
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  9. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    See, look at the descriptors. /shakes head

    You want clouds. They're an extra bonus.
     
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  10. ALS

    ALS Super Moderator Staff Member

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  11. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    Ok, that's neat. There's even an animation of what it'll look like.
     
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Al:

    Like Andrew posted, that animation is really slick!!!

    Wayne
     
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  13. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I wanted to see the animation , but I don't have the protective glasses.
     
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  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Looking a little better...

    Latest Great Eclipse of 2017 - 5-day out weather map...

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path Weather Forecast 08-16-2017

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    Wayne
     
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  15. basjoos

    basjoos Well-Known Member

    6 miles from centerline. Several relatives coming to visit.
     
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  16. bestmapman

    bestmapman Fighting untruth and misinformation

    I will be traveling to Nashville, TN to view the eclipse. Anyone else travelling to see it.
     
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  17. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yes, half a mile up the hill for a less cluttered view of totality.

    My brother's going south to Bowling Green.
     
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Oh boy do Tennesseans get a great view too! Threading the needle big time!

    Great Eclipse of 2017 Path Weather Forecast 08-19-2017

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    Wayne
     
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  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I made hotel reservations in Terra Haute, IN and will travel into the Salem, KY area to see what this "Big Event" is all about. :)

    Wayne
     
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  20. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    I'll be traveling 16 miles to be 7 miles from the center of the penumbra and to get an elevated vantage point so I can see the penumbra coming from as far away as possible.

    The eclipse, if viewed properly, will sear your memory. It's an amazing thing that's hard to describe but I totally get why some people chase total solar eclipses around the world. As an analogy, if you see a jet liner high in the sky, you know it's moving but your mind can't really comprehend the speed and motion of the jet. However, if you happen to see it's shadow rush along the ground, suddenly (if only for a few seconds) you can comprehend its speed because now you have a point of reference that's familiar. Similarly, in a total solar eclipse, you see the penumbra rushing along the ground toward you and overtake you. For the first time, an abstract concept like the motion of the moon in relation to the earth has real meaning because you see it's motion in a familiar context--the movement of its shadow along the ground. That's a weak analogy because the sensation is more than that. You can sense the movement of the earth and moon; the smoothness of the movement. It's otherworldly.

    I'm very much looking forward to experiencing the sensation again. It has been a long time since Feb 1979. I won't be wasting any attention with stupid glasses or cameras and tripods. It's what's happening on the ground that's of interest to me and I don't want to be distracted from that sensation. When the penumbra overtakes you the temp drops 20degF or more instantly. The lights come on in the city below (if you have a high vantage point) Dogs bark and chickens crow. It's pretty neat.

    Also, clouds add to the effect because you can see the penumbra rushing toward you from a farther distance in the clouds than you can on the ground. Pray for clouds.
     
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