Total Eclipse Coming In August Of This Year

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    This is the first eclipse in almost 100 years that will be visible clear across the United States, and it happens on August 21st of this year. The next one like this does not happen until in 2045, so this will be the last one that most of us are apt to have a chance to actually see.
    The eclipse will be visible starting in Oregon, and can be seen in several states all the way across the US as it passes through each state.
    From what I have read, people living in Oregon and Idaho (and probably other states) are already renting out camping spaces if they have enough property for people to camp on for that night.
    It looks like it will miss us here in Alabama; but Georgia should be able to see it okay, since it seems to travel in a southward slant as it passes from west to east across the country.

    http://www.space.com/33797-total-solar-eclipse-2017-guide.html
     
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    It will pass near where my son lives, who knows...I might see it if I visit them then and that's always possible. :)
     
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    I'd love to be camping at that time. I'm living South of the border or Oregon, but should be able to catch it I hope;) We have some nice camping areas up the Smith River, also, Grants Pass and the Rogue River camping areas are only 70 miles from me, maybe I'll shoot for there!! How I love the Rogue River.

    Thanks for the info Yvonne, hope I don't space it, lol!
     
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    Yes, my grandsons in Illinois have that day off from school because of it.

    They are north a little of the Carbondale, Illinois marker.

    Just texted with my son and he says they already have their special glasses.
     
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    Uh, I can't see the relevance between a solar eclipse and what a person might believe in regard to the shape of the earth. An eclipse is an eclipse and round or flat, the earth would still experience the product of the moon blocking out the sun.

    Or, perhaps it's just a (hopefully) very, very friendly dig focused upon one or two very well liked individuals.
     
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    Even people who do not live in the direct path of the eclipse will be able to see it, @Chrissy Cross . It looks to me from looking at the Space.com map (see my above link) that you will be somewhere between the .8-.9 magnitude, and that is about what we will have out here as well.
    From the information, it looks like it will start about 9AM out west, and around noon out here. there are only 2 minutes of total eclipse, but over 2 hours for the whole eclipse from start to finish.
    Since you are supposed to have special viewing glasses, it will not be safe to just go outside and look at the whole thing; but I would think that a person could at least watch it when it total.
     
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    Yes, I don't have the glasses. It will be weird just to see the sky get dark in the morning...especially here where it's always sunny. :)
     
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    yes it is very friendly dig hoping some one could educate me.
     
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    Each person has to study and find their own way to the truth, what ever it is. I am still looking for truth with an open mind; but here is some information for you to ponder, @Martin Alonzo , so enjoy.

     
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    Do people still believe the earth is flat?
     
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    Who are these people who own the world, sun, moon, and all the starts they must be real rich
     
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    I was just reading another article about the upcoming solar eclipse, and apparently we have not had one that was visible across the whole United States since 1776, so a lot longer than the first article that i read said it had been. It will only be visible in the contiguous United States, so nowhere else in the world will see this eclipse at all.
    According to the article, some of the hotels in Oregon have been totally booked for this eclipse for up to the last four years ! ! As can be expected, campgrounds are full, especially in Oregon since that it where it will first be visible; but even Nashville is having a big 3-day celebration and lots of music.

    http://time.com/4750899/total-solar-eclipse/
     
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    So does this means that it won't be dark in other states? I know I watch too many sci-fi movies but I always thought the whole planet experienced the effects of an eclipse.:oops:
     
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    The sun is much larger than the moon so the shadow will be smaller.
     
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    So, here is my question. We know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. So does the moon.Why does the eclipse travel from west to east, when both the sun and the moon are going from east to west ?
    Also, I read somewhere that they will be following the eclipse with fighter jets, and that is totally beyond me why (or even how) they would do that. Has anyone else read this, or knows why we would do something this strange ?
     
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    @Yvonne Smith I guess since we are the largest city in the 'path', things will be festive here in Nashville.
    Lots of free concerts downtown, including the Grand Ole Opry.
    The local brewer is introducing an Ale for the occasion called " Space and Time " and a hand blown Glass.

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    We got free viewing glasses for the family when we visited the wife's Doctor last week.
    I'm ready for what ever comes...:D
     
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    Where do you get 'special viewing' glasses?
     
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    The easiest place would be a home depot ask for lenses for a welding mask even some hardware stores will have them too
     
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    Thanks, I didn't know that. Used to have several pair of welding specs. Hung on pegs in the garage for years. Gave them to a friend whose occupation was welding when I moved off that flat country.
     
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    @Bill Boggs , some of the libraries here are giving the glasses away. I have mine. My daughter in law ordered us some from Amazon. They are so dark that when I look at a light bulb, I can't see it. I'm guessing the sun will still be visible but not burn the retina.
    I am ready!
     
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    @Babs Hunt , they are the safe ones. I know somebody who ordered the other ones. They sent him an email. I think they sent him the safe ones after that.
     
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