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August 21st American Total Solar Eclipse

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So if you didn't know already, there's a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017, visible in totality within a band across the entire contiguous United States. So that's pretty awesome. Last time that happened was presumably before any of us were alive, on June 8, 1918 eclipse, and there hasn't been a total solar eclipse visible from the mainland United States since the February 26, 1979 eclipse (which I assume most people here didn't see).

I'm going on a long road trip to see it, which is going to be totally worth it. Got any plans? There's gonna be so many people around.

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    OzzyUK Moderator

    Eclipses are really cool to see, i saw one in 1999 when it came across the UK. From where i was it reached 98% coverage so i wasn't able to see the cool stuff like the corona but it was still an amazing thing to witness.

    A couple of interesting things thing i remember is that all the birds went silent as they thought it was night time and there where weird crescent shaped shadows caused by the half blocked sunlight going through the trees.

    The time and date website has some pretty good charts showing what it will look like in your location if you put in your town/city name https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21

    Hopefully the weather will be good for everyone to see it, i know this is obvious but remember don't look at the sun without approved eclipse glasses B)

  • I saw a solar eclipse 2 years ago and was so tempted to look at it :3 we had to use this thing though to reflect it onto a sheet. It was shit, I bet it would have been better if I could actually look at it without being blinded though

  • I am off that day...where I live we have almost 90%...so we are going to have a party and listen to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon...which fun fact...was called Eclipse when they were previewing it during concerts.

    IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP...Do not look directly into the sun...even if you have those glasses places have been selling or have the nice expensive UV blocking sunglasses...you are just fucking around with trouble. You can still see it without looking directly. It is not worth risking your sight. Record it with your Iphones or androids. If you are in the path of the 100% eclipse...you are in higher danger of damage. Just be careful and also if you plan on partying...drink responsibly...and wear shirts....sunburns are more intense during an eclipse.

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      InGen_Nate_Kenny Moderator

      Funny you mentioned Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon. One of achievements for Guardians of The Galaxy Episode 3 is The Dark Side of the Moon (obviously after the song). Maybe Telltale planned it knowing it would release the day after the eclipse.

  • This is all I’ve been reading about lately lucky to be seeing it in North America I’ve never seen one before. I haven’t read much on locations according to some google research I might be able to partially see it from my location.

  • I have fucking Jury Duty that day...

  • My family is dragging me to see it, unfortunately. Not interested.

    I do hope everyone else enjoys it, though.

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    CAITT BANNED

    Are you aliens now in the u s a?

  • I will look at the Eclipse without glasses for scientific purposes, will confirm if I am blinded or not when I have the time.

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    Jennifer Moderator

    Neil deGrasse Tyson got me super excited for this event. I didn't even know about it until I heard his line in Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow back in July. :D

    "Don't miss the big solar eclipse on August 21st, brought to you by Futurama!"
    https://futuramaworldsoftomorrow.gamepedia.com/File:NDT_-_Don't_miss_the.wav

    That caused me to Google about it and I saw that there really was going to be a big solar eclipse on August 21st. :)

    Oh, and Mr. Tyson's following line of dialog is probably the real reason I'm excited for the eclipse. ;)

    "A solar eclipse is when a big dragon eats the sun, then barfs it back out."
    https://futuramaworldsoftomorrow.gamepedia.com/File:NDT_-_A_solar_eclipse.wav

  • I was around for the 1979 eclipse. We traveled to see it, and when we got there, it turned out to be too cloudy to see it. Though it did get dark, so I know it happened. Basically, if you're traveling to see this one, try to pick a spot with as few clouds as possible if you can. The whole thing lasts a couple of hours, but the totality only lasts a couple of minutes.

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