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goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 10:56 AM

SOLAR ECLIPSE WEDNESDAY

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090720/sc_afp/scienceastronomyeclipseasiatourismsuperstition

I am looking forward to seeing this if I can.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 10:59 AM

Don't look at the sun.

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 11:36 AM

Yeah look, i'm sorry about this, i may have to make it Wednesday now.

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.2 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 12:06 PM

I once was able to experience a total solar eclipse - it was just about the most amazing experience I have ever had. If you are ever geographically in a place where you can get within the path of totality, go for it! 90% doesn't count - an annular eclipse doesn't count - you don't get the full effects. And in the case of a solar eclipse, the totality experience is, pardon me, totally different.

The observed changes in the Sun are almost the least of it. The most amazing parts were the huge temperature drop in a very brief period of time, the immense heat waves given off, which made the person next to you look as if he was in water rippling back and forth, and the reactions of the animals (I was in a State Park). You sure don't get that from watching on TV!

redwingchick
Redwingchick  (Level: 91.1 - Posts: 420)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 12:07 PM

You can look at it thru a welder's mask. It is totally cool.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 12:37 PM

You're so right. It's a different kind of light around you - everything looks eerie. I've only experienced a total eclipse once in my life, and it's different from anything I could imagine it would be. Even knowing about it scientifically, it still has a spooky feeling to it.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.3 - Posts: 5314)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:31 PM

A businessman in our community travels the world to experience solar eclipses. He's an excellent photographer and the pictures he brings back are phenomenal. I think it must be the kind of thing that once you experience a solar eclipse, it's addictive and you HAVE to see the next one.

It's a lot of travel for nothing if you happen to run into a cloudy day. But the times when you do see the eclipse must be worth the adventure.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:36 PM

I've read some terrific stories about scientists in slower times racing around the world by sail and mule train, trying to get to eclipses that were rained out. I saw one when I was a kid but I don't remember it well. Too busy messing about with cardboard and pinholes.



donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:39 PM

The eclipse will not be visible in the U.S. from what I have read. Just in India, Nepal and that part of the world.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:40 PM

CRAP!

fudypatootie
Fudypatootie  (Level: 197.1 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:47 PM

Then how do we know it's not just some kind of conspiracy if we can't see it here, huh?

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 1:48 PM

Seems the only ones who can see it are the ones most afraid of it.

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 2:24 PM

That's how God works!

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 3:07 PM

Mysterious, indeed.

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 256.8 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 5:22 PM

Thank you, Don. I was just about to comment on the hideous ommision by the article of when and where it would be visible.

Me, I'm waiting for 2017 and 2024.

spacecat
Spacecat  (Level: 158.5 - Posts: 667)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 6:50 PM

Bigbird is correct, and photos and videos don't do it justice either. I have been fortunate to see three. 1970 Halifax, 1979 Winnipeg and 1991 in Tuxpan Mexico.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.6 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 7:26 PM

I'll be floating down the river on Wednesday. I'm glad the solar eclipse will not be here.

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 7:31 PM

You could watch it right from the float if it were here....that would be a nice memory.

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 7:46 PM

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html


This is from the Nasa Eclipse Web Site

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 20th Jul '09 7:58 PM

Thanks for that link!

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Thu, 23rd Jul '09 1:45 PM

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

● Millions in India are excited about the solar eclipse. It’s all they’re talking about. Which makes (Wednesday) the worst possible day to need tech support.


goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Thu, 23rd Jul '09 1:48 PM

There's a good day?


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