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Old 04-01-2017, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Total Solar Eclispe - August 21 2017

— On August 21, the sun will disappear for a short time.

For a swath of the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina, it will feel like someone just turned off the sun in the middle of the day.

Even if you live elsewhere in the US, a portion of the sun will partially disappear. It is being called the "Great American Eclipse." And you can mark it on your calendar down to the millisecond.

It's been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The total solar eclipse on June 8, 1918, crossed the States from Washington to Florida.
During the celestial event, the moon will pass in between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun for almost an hour and a half.

Kansas City, Nashville and Charleston are some of the cities that will have a good chance of seeing the sun totally covered.

Space enthusiasts are already starting to get excited for the eclipse, some counting down the days, while others are booking hotels for the big moment!
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Old 04-03-2017, 03:31 PM   #2
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That would be an amazing thing to experience. Unfortunately I'm not in the direct path.

I've heard that some people plan their vacations solely based on where the solar eclipses will be happening all around the world.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:47 PM   #3
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Will it reach Cleveland?
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I'm planning to see this eclipse in Tennessee between Nashville and Chattanooga. I also plan to visit a couple of Amusement Parks, one on the way up north and another on the way home. This will be the fifth time I've gone to the center line of a solar eclipse (I observed two Total Eclipses, one in 1991 and the other in 1998, and I observed Annular (Ring of Fire) Eclipses in 1994 and 2012.

After this eclipse the next two eclipses to cross the US will be an Annular Eclipse in 2023 and a Total Eclipse in 2024. The town of Utopia, Texas will be in the path of both of them.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:14 PM   #5
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Remember never to look directly at the sun while any part of its bright disk is visible (not TOTALLY eclipsed). If there is ANY bright part of the sun showing, you cannot look at it without eye protection. When the eclipse is TOTAL, that is, when ALL of it is completely covered by the moon, you can then look at it directly without eye protection.
This map is a general pathway of the eclipse across the USA. You have to be
in the pathway to see the TOTAL eclipse. Depending on the weather, you may have to be prepared to travel.
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Remember never to look directly at the sun while any part of its bright disk is visible (not TOTALLY eclipsed). If there is ANY bright part of the sun showing, you cannot look at it without eye protection. When the eclipse is TOTAL, that is, when ALL of it is completely covered by the moon, you can then look at it directly without eye protection.
This map is a general pathway of the eclipse across the USA. You have to be
in the pathway to see the TOTAL eclipse. Depending on the weather, you may have to be prepared to travel.

Looks like it isn't hitting Cleveland...or California, New York, Florida, The District of Columbia, Las Vegas or even Chicago....
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:58 PM   #7
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No, Cleveland isn't in the pathway. Some of the best spots are:
Madras, Oregon
Snake River Valley, Idaho
Casper, Wyoming
Sandhills of western Nebraska
St. Joseph, Missouri
Carbondale, Illinois
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Nashville, Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Columbia, South Carolina
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Michigan isn't in the path either.
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We had a partial eclipse here in Europe two years ago. But I somehow managed to forget about it, until I noticed that something was wrong with the daylight (it was like twilight even though it was in the middle of the day). Then I remembered the eclipse!

But there will be no total eclipse here in Sweden until 2126, and we last had one in 1954.
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Biggrin My plans are booked.

I found out Allegiant Air has a flight from Sanford, Florida to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a wallet-busting $102.00. So I logged onto their site and relieved them of a ticket. I will leave on Sunday, August 20 and return on Thursday, August 24. In addition to seeing the Eclipse I also plan to hike to a mountaintop in the Great Smoky Mountains and spend a day at Dollywood, which has opened five new roller coasters since my last visit in 2005.
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Looks like it isn't hitting Cleveland...or California, New York, Florida, The District of Columbia, Las Vegas or even Chicago....
or Philadelphia!
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I've heard that some people plan their vacations solely based on where the solar eclipses will be happening all around the world.

I've been on two such trips. I went on a Cruise on a Royal Caribbean Cruise that was sponsored by Astronomy Magazine in 1991. The ship intercepted the eclipse in the Sea of Cortez between Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan. Then in 1998 I went on a Holland America Cruise sponsored by Sky and Telescope Magazine. This time the ship intercepted the eclipse in the southern Caribbean Sea between the islands of Aruba and Curacao. In 1994 and again in 2012 I watched those eclipses with others who held "Eclipse Parties" for those eclipses.

PS. My sources tell me the Wal Marts that are located along the path of totality will be JUMPING on the weekend before the eclipse (You should have seen what I saw at a Wal Mart in Albuquerqe, New Mexico on the day before that eclipse in 2012. You'd think it was the day before Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day). It was VERY Obvious there was going to be a great big party!
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No, Cleveland isn't in the pathway. Some of the best spots are:
Madras, Oregon
Snake River Valley, Idaho
Casper, Wyoming
Sandhills of western Nebraska
St. Joseph, Missouri
Carbondale, Illinois
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Nashville, Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Columbia, South Carolina

Nice! Madras is one of our favorite vacation spots here.
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Will it reach Cleveland?


Cleveland's usually in the dark so you're not missing anything.
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No, Cleveland isn't in the pathway. Some of the best spots are:
Madras, Oregon
Snake River Valley, Idaho
Casper, Wyoming
Sandhills of western Nebraska
St. Joseph, Missouri
Carbondale, Illinois
Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Nashville, Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Columbia, South Carolina

I've chosen the area between Sweetwater, Tennessee and Madisonville, Tennessee as my first pick for observing the eclipse (There's a Tourist Attraction in the area called the Lost Sea, and considering they're on the centerline of this eclipse it's certain five will get you ten they will be hosting an eclipse party : at their site. In case of inclement weather I'm prepared to travel as far east as US 23 where it intersects the centerline at the North Carolina Georgia borders, or as far west as Goodlitsville Tennesee (I-65 just north of Nashville, Tennessee). Whatever site I choose, the "Main Event" (That's Totality for those you in Rio Linda! ) will take place approximately between the hours of 2:00 to 2:30PM Eastern Daylight Time. If you are on your one, you must be flexible, but there's another rule, mainly HAVE FUN!
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