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Just Saw the Eclipse August 21, 2017

Posted by geoff in News.
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We had a 92% eclipse where I live. I saw an eclipse back in high school, but I don’t remember it being as cool as this one. It was like a lot of the yellow was filtered out of the sun’s spectrum, so everything looked a little blue.

Now I’ve got to find sunglasses that give that same effect.

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1. lauraw - August 21, 2017

68% area here. Still looks cool outside. Few minutes to peak. I made a pinhole viewer with a little postal mail carton.

2. lauraw - August 21, 2017

Our birds have all gone quiet and invisible, which adds to the eerie effect.

3. Sobek - August 21, 2017

Got to see totality, with only a five hour drive. Even better, got to see it with a bunch of in- laws I haven’t seen in forever, plus camping with my family. It was super amaze-balls.

4. geoff - August 21, 2017

I could have driven a couple hours north to see the totality, but we’re packing up to start the dropping-the-daughter-off-at-college drive tomorrow.

So 92% had to be good enough.

5. kcorkins - August 21, 2017

Looking forward to 2024 when I’ll be in the 100% zone

6. Mark in NJ - August 21, 2017

Wow, geoff — 92% is pretty great.

NJ experience similar to laura’s – 72% here; very weird lighting for several minutes; my cereal box pinhole viewer worked great.

7. geoff - August 21, 2017

2024 looks grim for me – only 65%.

8. lauraw - August 21, 2017

We’ll be in the 92% zone of the next eclair. No, wait: eclairs, I get 100%. Next eclipse, 92%.

I won’t have to wait seven years for the next eclair, either.

Eclair.

Eclair.

9. Jimbro - August 21, 2017

In 2024 I’ll be near the totality and will buy the glasses and take the day off then. I made do with a pinhole viewer fashioned from paper plates and a pocket knife. It was pretty neat but I think staring at the sun with glasses would have been more of a thrill.

10. Retired Geezer - August 24, 2017

We just got back from camping in the Totality Zone ™.
I’ll post a picture of my setup using a telescope and a piece of Foamcore white board. It worked amazingly well.


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