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Old 07-23-17, 03:25 PM
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will it be dark here on the eclipse

will it be dark here on the eclipse it says it will be 99.5 eclipse here so will it turn dark
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Old 07-23-17, 03:34 PM
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Depends where here is. You can look here.


Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Path Through the United States

If your not directly under that path it won't be totally dark.
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Old 07-23-17, 03:55 PM
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im vert very close
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Old 07-23-17, 05:31 PM
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Well, take the 2 hour drive so you'll be 100% dark.
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I'm driving up to Salem, Oregon from L.A. on that weekend.
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At 99.5% it'll certainly be noticeable but our eyes are very good at adapting to varying light levels so you'll still be able to see things without any trouble. I concur with the previous suggestion to drive (or ride) a little to where it's 100% to see the total eclipse if the skies are clear in your area. Totality is a completely different experience from 'almost totality'.
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We are driving from western Colorado to west central Wyoming for the eclipse.
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Old 07-24-17, 01:53 PM
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It's dark everywhere at some time.
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I get 80% totality - worth a look, won't be dark. If you want the totalist of the totality you have to go to southern Illinois.

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Old 07-24-17, 02:44 PM
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99.5%? Is that like 50 or 100 miles away? I'd go.

From Annie Dillard's essay on an earlier eclipse:

I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it. During a partial eclipse the sky does not darken – not even when 94 percent of the sun is hidden. Nor does the sun, seen colorless through protective devices, seem terribly strange.



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I get 80% totality - worth a look, won't be dark. If you want the totalist of the totality you have to go to southern Illinois.
Unless it's cloudy in Illinois. Cloudless skies are much more likely in Oregon's desert or in the western plains. This map shows that Illinois is right around 50 to 60% probability of clouds at that time of day.

At 80% totality, the coolest thing is seeing repeated crescents on the ground under trees. The spaces between leaves make pinhole openings that project the sun's image on the ground.

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Old 07-25-17, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
At 80% totality, the coolest thing is seeing repeated crescents on the ground under trees. The spaces between leaves make pinhole openings that project the sun's image on the ground.
I've seen that, I think it was in Ohio in the 90s. It was pretty cool.

From San Diego, I'm not driving to the Totality Zone, but I have a hobbyist-astronomer friend who is from St Louis that will be traveling home for the eclipse driving an hour or so from there.

How much would it suck if it was rainy!
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Old 07-25-17, 04:37 PM
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I just have to step out on my deck to see totality.

Normally I'm not a fan of August afternoon rides. Too hot, too much UV, too much dewpoint, usually too much surface wind...being an eclipse I might need to make an exception. Maybe ride down to Beatrice to see it.
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Old 07-25-17, 08:11 PM
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How much would it suck if it was rainy!
I hear rooms are going at a premium that day in cities along the path. Can you imagine paying all of that money to travel to the location plus the cost of the hotel room and then you get rained out!
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Old 07-25-17, 08:20 PM
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I hear rooms are going at a premium that day in cities along the path. Can you imagine paying all of that money to travel to the location plus the cost of the hotel room and then you get rained out!
Around here, they sold out pretty much as soon as they were up for rent.
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Old 07-26-17, 09:27 AM
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My oldest brother has gone all over the world to watch eclipses - so, naturally, he organized a family eclipse-watch. We'll be going to Hayesville NC (coming from VA, WV, CA, & FL)
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We're getting 93-94% totality here, we'll be going to an eclipse party at the local planetarium with the kids.
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Originally Posted by rm -rf View Post
99.5%? Is that like 50 or 100 miles away? I'd go.

From Annie Dillard's essay on an earlier eclipse:

I had seen a partial eclipse in 1970. A partial eclipse is very interesting. It bears almost no relation to a total eclipse. Seeing a partial eclipse bears the same relation to seeing a total eclipse as kissing a man does to marrying him, or as flying in an airplane does to falling out of an airplane. Although the one experience precedes the other, it in no way prepares you for it. During a partial eclipse the sky does not darken not even when 94 percent of the sun is hidden. Nor does the sun, seen colorless through protective devices, seem terribly strange.




Unless it's cloudy in Illinois. Cloudless skies are much more likely in Oregon's desert or in the western plains. This map shows that Illinois is right around 50 to 60% probability of clouds at that time of day.

At 80% totality, the coolest thing is seeing repeated crescents on the ground under trees. The spaces between leaves make pinhole openings that project the sun's image on the ground.
her account of that eclipse has stuck with me since i first read it about 30 years ago. highly recommended.
it's the reason why i feel so compelled to see this total eclipse even though it's a thousand miles from me
(closest i'll be in my lifetime).
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Originally Posted by roadfix View Post
I'm driving up to Salem, Oregon from L.A. on that weekend.
You do know it is going to rain in Salem that day? LOl
People are going nuts up there. Someone offered my Mom a lot of money to park there RV overnight in her RV spot at her house.
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I'm driving up to Salem, Oregon from L.A. on that weekend.
So are 25 million others. Bring your own gas.
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The local Walmart parking lot will be pack with overnight RV'ers.....
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This guy says 99 and a half won't do

Magnitude vs. obscuration? Eclipse2017 - Blog
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Yeah, I know, but I'm not keen to brave a few hours of event traffic with three kids, so I am staying in 93%-town.
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Yeah, I know, but I'm not keen to brave a few hours of event traffic with three kids, so I am staying in 93%-town.
We're looking at endless traffic to get down to OR so wavering on it. 95% if we stay home.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
I hear rooms are going at a premium that day in cities along the path. Can you imagine paying all of that money to travel to the location plus the cost of the hotel room and then you get rained out!
A friend says the SC coast is not reaching the craziness of the desert west on room prices/availability. Basically there's nothing available below 4 figures and multiple nights right now. But there are basically only 2-3 roads and not a lot of settlement along them.

BLM dispersed camping seems like my best bet if I can talk anyone into tolerating the traffic to get there.
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BLM dispersed camping seems like my best bet if I can talk anyone into tolerating the traffic to get there.
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