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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 05:12 AM


Quote: Originally posted by elgatoloco  
We saw it. Awestruck. Inspiring. Indescribable. If you haven't seen a TOTAL eclipse you don't know and no one can really explain it. You have to see it for yourself. I can tell you about the temperature dropping 10 degrees, or seeing planet Venus at 11:42 AM, or the diamond ring effect at 2nd and 3rd contact, or Baileys beads or seeing prominences shooting off the suns surface a million miles or having a 360 degree sunset but It's like trying to convey the feeling when you get to touch a whale or the maybe the first time you had sex. April 2024 it will be back to North America. 2019 we will be in the Atacama desert with the hopes of clear skies.
Different strokes.
A partial eclipse is a sight to see but there is no comparison to TOTAL. Two distinct experience. Kind of like starting the Baja 1000 then crashing out at the first turn. IMHO.
YMMV.


Watched it in Cascade Idaho for the first time and I agree with the above. I was surprised at how bright the sun was at 95-99% blockage. At 66 years of age, I thought I pretty much lost the feeling of wonderment I see in my grand son's eyes from time to time, but it came back yesterday. All over the universe, rocks are casting shadows on other rocks, but as far as we know, only here does anyone care about it. If I am alive in 2024, I'm going to go again.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 06:13 AM


On a scale of 1 to 10, a partial eclipse is a 3, a total eclipse is a million!




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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 07:17 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Santiago  
Quote: Originally posted by elgatoloco  
We saw it. Awestruck. Inspiring. Indescribable. If you haven't seen a TOTAL eclipse you don't know and no one can really explain it. You have to see it for yourself. I can tell you about the temperature dropping 10 degrees, or seeing planet Venus at 11:42 AM, or the diamond ring effect at 2nd and 3rd contact, or Baileys beads or seeing prominences shooting off the suns surface a million miles or having a 360 degree sunset but It's like trying to convey the feeling when you get to touch a whale or the maybe the first time you had sex. April 2024 it will be back to North America. 2019 we will be in the Atacama desert with the hopes of clear skies.
Different strokes.
A partial eclipse is a sight to see but there is no comparison to TOTAL. Two distinct experience. Kind of like starting the Baja 1000 then crashing out at the first turn. IMHO.
YMMV.


Watched it in Cascade Idaho for the first time and I agree with the above. I was surprised at how bright the sun was at 95-99% blockage. At 66 years of age, I thought I pretty much lost the feeling of wonderment I see in my grand son's eyes from time to time, but it came back yesterday. All over the universe, rocks are casting shadows on other rocks, but as far as we know, only here does anyone care about it. If I am alive in 2024, I'm going to go again.


All of the above! Well put you two. We were near Weiser ID and were equally awed. See you guys in 2024, Mazatlan!




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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 08:00 AM
OK - But Did You WEEP ?


According to the news coverage, millions were so overcome with emotion that they WEPT !

Unsaid was whether they were laughed at.

As they would have deserved.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 08:37 AM


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According to the news coverage, millions were so overcome with emotion that they WEPT !

Unsaid was whether they were laughed at.

As they would have deserved.


It just shows how stupid people can be.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 09:03 AM


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I am currently working on the Whitewater fire at Hoodo Ski Area Lodge. We were in the path of totallity and it was an amazing gift that was shared with us today. Had my Radio in one hand and watched through my special glasses. What a day.


Hi Connie, your smoke didn't make my day. I went out to the north end of Green Ridge Sunday evening, about 15 miles NE of you, and couldn't see Mt. Jefferson across the valley. I ended up bailing to the east down into the desert rimrocks and sat on the edge of a canyon. Different view than what I wanted but impressive nonetheless.
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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 10:06 AM


GREAT REPORTS!!

elgatoloco, glad you posted... I remember how much you and Barb enjoyed the '91 event and that you were going to try and go to eclipses anywhere they occurred.

I set the DVR to record NASA TV coverage. Seemed like the point of totality and the diamond ring effect where the most pleasing.

The La Paz/Cabo eclipse of '91 comments I recall was more about the 360° twilight effect on the horizon and the coyotes that began to howl, etc. Maybe it was a Baja thing and not one you could get with mobs of people around?

Atacama should be ideal!




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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 10:33 AM
Atacampa


There is a pretty good chance of clear skies, it is the driest place on Earth! Average annual rainfall is .004 inches per year



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[*] posted on 8-22-2017 at 03:18 PM


We watched it, exact dead center of the eclipse, about 30 miles north of Paducah, KY. We were on a small farm road and didn't have to share the eclipse with any neighbors. There is nothing I can add which others haven't said, but totality is off-the-charts spectacular: Dusk 360º, stars, big drop in temperature, etc. and the corona around the black dot is indescribable. 2:40 of totality.



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