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Old 08-11-2017, 01:15 PM
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Just to get you american SoL'ers into the mood.

I hope you're all planing to see it because you really should.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:29 PM
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:53 AM
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Don't look at it directly. It causes pregnancy or something.
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Old 08-12-2017, 03:16 AM
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Any of you planning on traveling into the path of totality?
Piece of advise: Don't go by car on the 21st. If the Great European Eclipse from 1999 is any indication, roads will be jammed like crazy.
Go by train or travel the day before.
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I hope you're all planing to see it because you really should.
I dunno, I wanna be hype but I'm... just not.

Plus from Texas it'd be a hassle to get up anywhere in its path in a reasonable amount of time.
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Don't look at it directly. It causes pregnancy or something.
Wait, do children conceived under a total eclipse have super powers, or is it just children born under a total eclipse?
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Wait, do children conceived under a total eclipse have super powers, or is it just children born under a total eclipse?
Its a matter of degrees
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Wait, do children conceived under a total eclipse have super powers, or is it just children born under a total eclipse?
Children born under a total eclipse have super powers. Those conceived under a total eclipse become druids.
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Children born under a total eclipse have super powers. Those conceived under a total eclipse become druids.
Theoretically, could you have two total eclipses occurring at various points on the planet nine months apart?

That sounds like a decent background for creating some Mary Sue type character.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:43 AM
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Theoretically, could you have two total eclipses occurring at various points on the planet nine months apart?

That sounds like a decent background for creating some Mary Sue type character.
Not only is it possible but many solar eclipses (including this one I think) are either followed or preceeded by a lunar eclipse. You could have a super-sue if you manage to have four pregnancy events somehow.
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Not only is it possible but many solar eclipses (including this one I think) are either followed or preceeded by a lunar eclipse. You could have a super-sue if you manage to have four pregnancy events somehow.
Yep, this eclipse was preceeded by a partial lunar eclipse last week.

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Sure, it requires some pre-planning if you don't happen to live in that path, but the difference between a partial and a total solar eclipse is quite literally night and day, so the hassle will definitely be worth it.
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Sure, it requires some pre-planning if you don't happen to live in that path, but the difference between a partial and a total solar eclipse is quite literally night and day, so the hassle will definitely be worth it.
You have a good point, I'll have to see if I can get the day off.
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I don't follow?
Roads leading to the eclipse and along its path are going to be STUFFED with people traveling to see it.
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In the last 10 minutes before totality, things around will start to get really weird.

First off, you'll notice how the overall brightness has decreased. This decrease happens gradually right from the beginning , of course, but at this point it will start to be noticable.
Shadows are becoming sharper and the evnironment is tinged in a greyish-violett light, though the coloring does depend on local conditions.







I took these pictures back in 1999. Note that it's about half-past 12 midday in the last one.

Next up, wind will increase, accompanied by a noticable drop in temperature. You might want to bring a sweater.
If there are birds around, they'll start going quiet. Farm animals might shuffle back into their stables. Flowers will close their blossoms.

About two minutes before totality, watch for the moon's shadow racing towards you from the western sky. It's not a clean cut cone, but more of a really fucking huge darker patch of sky.
One minute before totality, the mysterious shadow bands might appear on bright, flat surfaces around you. You can also put down white bed sheets for this.
We still don't know what exactly causes shadow bands and they vary in intensity from eclipse to eclipse.
Here's a bit of footage:

Then, there's totality, heralded by the majestic diamond ring effect when the last beam of sunlight peeks through some valley on the moon.
When it's gone, its is safe to use binoculars to get a closer look at the eclipsed sun. But check your watch and be sure to put them away before the second diamond ring.
This will be the first and maybe only time in your life where you get to see the sun's corona. If you look closer, you might also notice an intense but thin pink/magenta glow on parts of the moon's edge. That's the sun's chromosphere, a thin layer between the photosphere and the corona. This is where you might also spot prominences. However, the sun is currently at the minimum of its 11-year activity cycle, so there probably won't be much going on.
Looking around you, you will see a 360° sunset/dawn, which is also a very rare sight to behold.
Looking at the sky, you'll see Regulus close to the sun but also plenty of planets all lined up.
To the far left of the sun, you'll see Jupiter. Mercury will be on the left as well, but much closer to the sun. This is one of those rare moments, where most people get to see Mercury for the first time.
To the right, there's Mars and farther away there's Venus.
Draw an imagined line between all of those objects and you'll have the ecliptic. That's the plane everything revolving around the sun (including us) is on.
This is the best live glimpse into the mechanics of our solar system that you will ever get.

After totality, everything repeats in reverse order. Most people don't care about the receeding moon as they're too busy celebrating and processing what they've just witnessed. This is perfectly fine.

When you watch a partial eclipse, you'll get none of this.
Well, maybe the first bit depending on where you are but that's about it.
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I can never remember, what's the reason you don't look directly at an eclipse?
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I can never remember, what's the reason you don't look directly at an eclipse?
Just because the sun's partially blocked off doesn't stop it from being the sun. Even the tiniest bit of its surface is unwise to look at for any period of time.
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Just because the sun's partially blocked off doesn't stop it from being the sun. Even the tiniest bit of its surface is unwise to look at for any period of time.
Oh so it's no worse than looking at the sun regularly it's just people forget it's THE SUN and stare at it uninterrupted sometimes?
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Oh so it's no worse than looking at the sun regularly it's just people forget it's THE SUN and stare at it uninterrupted sometimes?
It's slightly worse, because it's a bit darker out, and the light's from such a small area, meaning your eyes have adjusted to take in more light.
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Oh so it's no worse than looking at the sun regularly it's just people forget it's THE SUN and stare at it uninterrupted sometimes?
Pretty much, yes.
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Oh so it's no worse than looking at the sun regularly it's just people forget it's THE SUN and stare at it uninterrupted sometimes?
Not just that. Your irises will be more dilated during an eclipse than normally, so your retina will be exposed to more radiation.

I once looked at the sun for just a few seconds before totality and for the rest of the day I had these crescent shaped dark spots in my vision.

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Not just that. Your irises will be more dilated during an eclipse than normally, so your retina will be exposed to more radiation.

I once looked at the sun for just a few seconds before totality and for the rest of the day I had these crescent shaped dark spots in my vision.
Ooof, see, this is part of what has me iffy about the whole thing, you get to enjoy the ambiance sure but you can only really glance at the thing.
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Ooof, see, this is part of what has me iffy about the whole thing, you get to enjoy the ambiance sure but you can only really glance at the thing.
You only need to glance if you don't have eclipse glasses.
Making little pinhole cameras by crossing the fingers of your hands and watching the projection is another easy way for safe viewing.
You can also project an image of the sun onto a surface with binoculars. I did that in those pictures I linked.

During totality it is safe to look anyway. And totality is what matters most.
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