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Old 01-06-24, 07:52 AM
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Eclipse (Apr 8) thread

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Where will you be
What's a good place near you to be
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what did you do/did it work out
pics -
- bike in the shot
- bike to get the shot

NASA link: https://science.nasa.gov/eclipses/fu...24/where-when/



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Looks like Chicago will be near total. Time is mid afternoon, so I’ll see if I can get out.

For the last one, work made up special cookies, handed out glasses, and told everyone to get outside and enjoy.

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If you can get to a spot in totality, go. Near total is NOT the same.
Got to see the Eclipse here in Oregon in 2017. Had to go an hour or so south to get in the path of totality. Why did I make the effort? Heard a NASA rep. talking on the radio. He said the full effects : darkness, winds, quiet animals, etc drop off sharply as you move out of totality and these can be noticed in a very short distance.
Totality was an otherworldly experience, something I’ve made plans to see again. It’s really worth the effort.
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Our last nearby one was in August of 2017 and you can still get interesting photos even if you're not in the path of totality. One suggestion for a cool photo is to get under filtered sunlight like under a tree to capture the crescents:



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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni
If you can get to a spot in totality, go. Near total is NOT the same.
Got to see the Eclipse here in Oregon in 2017. Had to go an hour or so south to get in the path of totality. Why did I make the effort? Heard a NASA rep. talking on the radio. He said the full effects : darkness, winds, quiet animals, etc drop off sharply as you move out of totality and these can be noticed in a very short distance.
Totality was an otherworldly experience, something Iíve made plans to see again. Itís really worth the effort.
I can't argue with that. I remember the March of 1970 eclipse that was my only total eclipse experience, and it was unforgetable even at 12 years old

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Originally Posted by Mr. Spadoni
If you can get to a spot in totality, go. Near total is NOT the same.
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My wife went to Salem, Oregon to see the total totality while I was stuck at work in Portland. Definitely a different experience. Weíve since gone see the eclipse in La Serena, Chile in 2019.

Only downside of going to see the eclipse in person was that it took 8 hours for her to drive home. Normally itís about an hour.
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I live west of Cleveland, right in the path of totality, so I'll probably be in my back yard. Hopefully, the clouds don't block it out like the last time.


Aug 2017 partial eclipse
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I went a bit south of St. Louis in 2017. It worked out nicely!
...and I went out for a bike ride afterwards in the hills near Babler Park. Left St. Louis around 8pm, and ran into a traffic jam on I-55 shortly afterward. Not sure if that was all folks heading back to Chicago or what.



I'm thinking of southeast Illinois this time, partly to avoid crowds. I'll also be taking the back roads to avoid the crazy traffic on the interstates this time!!
However, April is not known for clear skies, so my expectations are lower this time.

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"...what did you do/did it work out
pics -
- bike in the shot"

bonus points if you can outfit your bicycle with (Vintage) Eclipse racks and panniers when you take those photos!
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