I'm within a (long) day's drive, so if the forecast is good I'll probably drive down the night before to minimize what could be the Mother of All Traffic Jams. If it's forecast to be cloudy down in Oregon, I'll just stay home. If the forecast is cloudy on the Willamette side and clear on the desert side, things then become more complicated. We'll see.
If you plan to photograph the eclipse, be aware that it is safe for your camera - and your eyes - ONLY during the 2 +/- minutes of totality. Otherwise you can ruin your sensor - or your eyes! From Nikon:
The eclipse of 1999 across Europe and Asia was the last noticeable one that I saw. It was reputedly the eclipse seen by the most people in history due to the dense populations zones covered. It was total 30km north of Paris, but I was stuck at work so we "only" got about 98% coverage, which was still pretty impressive. You still realise though that even just 2% of the sun is still brighter than the brightest moonlight you have ever seen.
There was an eclipse on May 30, 1984. It was a sunny day and I'd forgotten that the eclipse was occurring on that date. I was walking down the street in St. Francisville, Louisiana, which is overhung by oak trees. I noticed that everything seemed odd. The light was different -- still sunny, but somehow different -- and it had gotten very quiet with no birds singing. I stopped, still not remembering about the eclipse and looking up at the sky to see if some kind of strange cloud cover had caused the change in the light. Then, glancing down at the sidewalk, I saw that all the leaf shadows were as individual and crisp as if cut out from paper. Each little leaf shadow had a crescent shape piece missing from it.
No need to ruin your eyes, when any aperture can serve as a pinhole projector! Wait till the crescent disappears (and it gets very dark, if you are in the totality zone) to look at the sun with bare eyes and camera.
Me, too. In 1979 I was captivated by the dappled sun-crescents on the tile below a potted ficus tree on a sunny stair landing in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, where it was only a partial eclipse. Going for totality this time!
I had the same eerie vision during a partial eclipse. The tree outside my clinic cast hundreds of individual leaf shadows with no semi shadows. Crisp and clear each leaf had a crescent bitten out of it. I've never forgotten the sight and stillness of it.
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Got my solar eclipse viewing glasses yesterday! our public library gave out 1000 pairs in less than an hour. I arrived an hour early to wait in line and was first in the door. All set to go now. Just hope it isn't cloudy - or too smoky - where we are headed in Idaho. Missoula is only 90%. - not enough for the eerie darkness and daytime starry sky and silenced birds.
We will be watching the event from the top of Yellow Mountain, very, very nearby where I am but it's a hike. I also glad that I have been doing so much hiking up and down hillsides and mountains and inclines since being here because I have conditioned some leg and calf muscles that I do not use much in NOLA as it so flat there. The birch of it for me is going down, going up is not much trouble and I have had so no problems with altitude or vertigo, respitory etc. save one traversing on a Burma bridge over a large large gorge. F me, I nearly froze in mortal fear and panic when I made the mistake of looking down while right in the middle. I say nearly, but, I DID freeze and had to be coaxed by my companions.
Anyway, I got my glasses at the nature center here for free, then saw that they were being sold at some places for five dollars apiece in other places. We also heard that in Clayton, GA. At the state line some greedy bastards are renting PARKING places for a thousand USD for four days!!!!'!!!!
Post by cheerypeabrain on Aug 20, 2017 14:24:10 GMT
I am so jealous. Last got to see a total eclipse here in 1999. I couldn't get the day off work so I was allowed to rush down to the car park to watch. Staff poured out of pathology with their trusty solar viewers leaving a skeleton crew to run the labs whilst we watched...it was wonderful.
In Blood Bank there were a couple of people who didn't want to witness the eclipse for religious reasons altho they didn't go into details.
Anyway...if you CAN see Monday's eclipse make sure that you take the appropriate safety precautions but don't miss it !
Post by cheerypeabrain on Aug 21, 2017 19:39:00 GMT
It's a phenomenon that not everybody gets to witness. There was a partial eclipse (about 60% sun covered) when I was 9 years old and my Daddy gave me a piece of special dark glass to take to school. My teacher let me take a chair into the playground on my own and watch the eclipse. He nipped out a few times to look too but for the most part I was on my own in the quiet playground whilst all my classmates were working indoors. Odd memory.