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Grand Lodge

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Well I'm glad I finally found some solar eclipse glasses (got em Friday); it's been pretty cool looking up at the sun throughout the day.

We just past 83% eclipsed -- our best.

Neat.


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Woot!

We enjoyed the eclipse, too!

It was awesome!


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I don't look at the sun.

Lunar eclipses are cooler anyway.

Silver Crusade

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Did you look at the moon?


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My town was in the path of totality so it got twilight-levels of dark at roughly 1:30/1:35 CST. It was beautiful and awesome and I was in the middle of getting my hair colored so I stood outside with dye on my hair and a shower cap on my head in the salon parking lot with everyone else :3


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My favorite part of an eclipse isn't the occultation of the sun by the moon but the weird silvery grey quality that the daylight takes on. And all the birds and insects stopped their sounds during that period. It was so neat.


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Yeah, that silver-gray was awesome!


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We drove 4.5 hours to the midline of totality and 9 hours back home for 2.5 minutes of darkness. :/

Glad I did it once in my life.

It was very windy in Middle of Nowhere, WY, until the eclipse hit. The wind died as the light did and it stayed calm afterwards - really cool.

I wasn't watching the actual moment of totality - it comes really fast and goes really fast! - but I was setting up my tablet to try to catch the moon's shadow coming over the hill towards us. I missed the video because watching that bloody-black thing rushing towards us froze me in my tracks. Don't know if anybody else saw because everyone was staring at the sun, but there was a very primal, visceral fear, like being in front of a thunderstorm cell or gust front. It was very spooky.

The corona was really beautiful.

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We managed to make it out to Strawberry Lake near Prairie City, OR for the totality. It was incredible and such a surreal experience to feel the temperature drop and the light and color changes before/after the event. Completely worth the 20 hours roundtrip of driving (Friday was nuts having worked 12 hours at the office, napping for 1 hour, and then driving through the night), psuedo-backpacking and three days of being caked in dirt to witness :)


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Woo~!


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We rented a 32' RV, a friend heard my plans and rented another, and 12 of us drove 1500 miles round trip to Oregon to see the total eclipse.

Having seen partial eclipses before, and total eclipses on TV and video, there is NO comparison to being there for the real thing.

As others have said, feeling it grow cold, the wind die, and the quality of light and color slowly fade away is amazing.

And then, at that moment of totality, nothing can compare to actually being there, staring straight at the sun, with the blazing corona around it, thinking, "Whoa!"

And we met lots of cool people, ate at weird little out-of-the-way places, and wish we'd had 2 extra days just to stop and look around in all the neat little towns we found in eastern Oregon.

We did the VERY roundabout 80 East through Nevada, 95 North to Oregon, 78 West to 395 North to John day, 395 North and 402 to Monument, OR. We could have easily spent another 2-3 days just exploring all the cool little towns we found. And of course, taking the "stupid route" meant no traffic at all going up, and a grand total of maybe 2 hours of delays going down.

There's another one scheduled to hit the U.S. in 2024, and Team "Stupid RV Eclipse Adventure" is planning on doing it again! This time farther east.


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Cleveland, TN here so I was in the Path of Totality (which sounds like a cult) so I just walked outside after work and watched it with everyone in the parking lot. I agree with Chris, the darkness and temperature drop was a surreal and satisfying experience :3


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According to this website, the Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018 should be visible in Alaska, Western Canada, Washington State, Oregon, and Northern California. And all of North America on January 20/21 of 2019.

Silver Crusade

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It was cloudy when I passed under it, but it was still neat to see all the pictures!


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Oh man, these cheep eclipse glasses I got only lasted one day! They worked well Monday, but when I looked through them the very next day- nothing! Just the regular sun with no eclipse whatsoever. I'll try again today, but if they don't work, I think it might be worth buying a good pair so I can see the eclipse every day.


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:D


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Fergie wrote:
Oh man, these cheep eclipse glasses I got only lasted one day! They worked well Monday, but when I looked through them the very next day- nothing! Just the regular sun with no eclipse whatsoever. I'll try again today, but if they don't work, I think it might be worth buying a good pair so I can see the eclipse every day.

You joke, but some people don't:

NASA CGI Glasses!


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The glasses are needed because the Corona is millions of degrees hotter than the Sun's surface. At that temperature, the Corona emits X-Rays. But further out, as the plasma cools, it emits UV radiation, which will damage the retinas not protected by the filters. Anyone who would try to say otherwise simply doesn't know physics.


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Aka when the Sun's health is low it auto-confirms crits.


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John Napier 698 wrote:
The glasses are needed because the Corona is millions of degrees hotter than the Sun's surface. At that temperature, the Corona emits X-Rays. But further out, as the plasma cools, it emits UV radiation, which will damage the retinas not protected by the filters. Anyone who would try to say otherwise simply doesn't know physics.

If that's a response to my NASA CGI Glasses link, I'd say "doesn't know physics" isn't even scratching the surface.

That's #ResearchFlatEarth.

They don't believe in eclipses, it's all a hoax by NASA to hide the truth about the Flat Earth. The special glasses have the CGI eclipse in them, you see.


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I wandered up towards Dahlonega, GA for it.
Traffic was horrible, especially on the way back, but it was worth it even if I haven't yet developed any additional super-powers because of the eclipse.


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I never underestimate the power of delusional people in large groups.


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At least my firebending abilities returned quickly.


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Went outside and caught a 5-second glimpse of our 2/3 eclipse before the clouds covered it.

Co-worker: "How was it?"
Me: "Through the glasses, it looks exactly like a crescent moon. Only I guess it's actually the sun. Anyway, if you had photographs of the two, you'd be hard-pressed to tell which was which."
Co-Worker: "Glad I blew it off to get coffee, then."

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