For months now, I've been thinking ...oh, 99% that's pretty close, close enough anyway.  


I'm not so sure now. I've been doing my googling and 'they' are saying, just that one percent makes the difference between interesting and totally awe inspiring.  Life changing, even.  

How many of you all are on the path, or taking a trip to see the eclipse?  

Have you ever seen a total eclipse?  Any stories, or tales to tell?  

From what I've been reading, the hotels around here have been booked up for months, and no campsites left open, anywhere.  There's going to be big crowds in every public viewing area, and I'm not good with crowds, but ....

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Comment by koshersalaami on July 20, 2017 at 9:36pm

Seen partial only.

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 20, 2017 at 11:00pm

"Totality" is about 10 miles north of us.  The motel rooms in the county for then have been sold out for a couple of years.  The last one that I experienced was in high school.  We all went outside with pinhole lenses (pencil lead through the first sheet of paper and then watched the image on the second sheet "wink out".

The image you show is about as complete as it can get.  I think all of that light we see "around" the moon is the corona, which is a few million degrees hotter than the sun which is a mere 6,000 degrees Celsius.  Since the corona extends millions of miles into space the moon would have to be much closer to earth to block its rays.

Can you tell I've been reading up on this?  I think it's going to be cool, and it will definitely be my last chance to see one.  My fear is that living in "the rainiest county east of the Mississippi" we won't get a good look.

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 20, 2017 at 11:07pm

JJ, the annual precipitation here is 69 inches a year.  Seattle, WA, by contrast is 37.  We get thunderstorms and they get months of drizzle.

Comment by Rosigami on July 21, 2017 at 12:16am

I can remember an eclipse, probably not total, from my childhood much like what Rodney describes. I do recall how dark and still it was for a short while. I'm looking forward to this one in August, and hoping Seattle-area weather cooperates! Usually August is very dry and sunny, so we do have a good chance.

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 21, 2017 at 4:35am

Dark and still, that's what I remember too, from the one in 1979.  The temperature dropped a few degrees, and it was only partial.  My dad had gotten us some welding glasses to view it and I remember how it looked when the shadow was rolling across the sun.  That was during the Winter, and I left home that following Spring.  By the next summer, I had moved here to Scruffy City and was staying with my in laws.  We had a very slight partial and watched it on paper thru the pin holes.  If you hadn't known something was happening, would not have even noticed.  But, at the same time it was in the paper when the next big one would be, August of 2017.  I remember thinking, way back then would I even be alive to see it?  I'd be such an old lady!  

Up until just this last week, I've been thinking 99% would be so awesome, and I can view it from my back yard even.  Since reading more about it, I'm seriously thinking I should drive that extra 40 miles up the road.  But, what if the end of the world comes, and I'm stuck on the highway?

Thanks guys!  This was fun, having a few comments this morning.  

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 21, 2017 at 4:48am

Rosi, you have a good chance, I think.  We were there twice in August and it was beautiful.  I think the total eclipse will be south of you?  How complete will it be where you are?

Not to change the subject, but we drove out to the Hoh Rainforest one of those summers and it was 'drippy'.  Spectacular place.

Comment by Rodney Roe on July 21, 2017 at 4:50am

Julie, I hear all of the clocks stop during an eclipse ;-)

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 21, 2017 at 5:15am

Sundials, anyway...:-D

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 21, 2017 at 6:07am

What a google!  damn...

Now, I'm really worried about getting stuck on the highway with a bunch of nuts.  Anyway, here's one that's not so ...crazy (?)  I know people don't use that word anymore, but it sort of works after awhile.  

The Allais effect refers to the alleged anomalous behavior of pendulums or gravimeters, which is sometimes purportedly observed during a solar eclipse. The effect was first reported as an anomalous precession of the plane of oscillation of a Foucault pendulumduring the solar eclipse of June 30, 1954 by Maurice Allais, a French polymath who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Economics.[1] He reported another observation of the effect during the solar eclipse of October 2, 1959 using the paraconical pendulum he invented.[2][3]This study earned him the 1959 Galabert Prize of the French Astronautical Society and made him a laureate of the US Gravity Research Foundation for his 1959 memoir on gravity.[4]

Comment by Rosigami on July 21, 2017 at 6:36am

@Rodney, the interactive NASA map says my area in WA will be at about 93%, and that the path of totality falls just south of Portland, OR.

I have been to the Hoh Rainforest- we were there on a brilliantly clear and sunny late summer day, about 8 years ago. I'd really love to go back. Maybe this summer..


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