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Total Solar Eclipse on April, 8, 2024

 
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The total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 is to be a celestial spectacle captivating millions across North America. We are supposed to have storms so I probably won't see this one myself but I'll know it's happening!

August 2042 is when this will happen again where I can view it. I remember seeing one as a kid, then again about 20 years later.

Eclipse Map

A couple fun facts:

-The moon used to be closer to the Earth and will be farther away for the next total solar eclipse.

-Syzygy is the name for the phenomenon when three celestial bodies align to create an eclipse.

I hope everyone enjoys this eclipse...even if it is simply watched as a recording, which is most likely how I'll see it! Lol
 
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We have a couple of friends staying over for the totality and a few more are going to drive in just for the viewing window.
Our fingers are all crossed in the hope that the skies will clear enough for us to have some view. Our glasses are ready!
 
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It will be happening where I live as I leave work. We are slated for 98% totality and the area is flooded with out of town peepers.

It will be fun!
 
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Permies, has been offline here from 6 am through now... OH MY!  Is it the eclipse affecting the universe early...
Or perhaps the servers just went down... only the shadow knows.
Cloudy with showers on the way... so much for seeing our 29% here.

 
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We are supposed to have storms so I expect the my expected company will not show up.

It is okay because I have not prepared any food, etc.
 
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Anyone interested in checking out the eclipse can have a look at the NASA telescope camera, at this link. Montana is waaaaaay off so this may be the only way folks round here (and plenty of other folks around the world) will have a chance to see it.

 
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It was partly cloudy here but that worked great to view the eclipse through sunglasses! Nice thick clouds!
 
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Well whew, that's over.

Marked safe from vampires. I'm worried. Can we have a roll call?
 
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Here in sunny AZ, we had a pretty good view!
We figured out last year that imaging through the 10in Dobsonian telescope gave a good view, but you sight it in with the welding helmet. This year, I set up the image plane on a ladder, my arms appreciated this.
We enjoy observational astronomy, it's one of the big perks of the desert.
Hope you all got a good look, too!
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telescope setup to observe eclipse
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2024 solar eclipse in progress
 
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Safe here as well, although a bit damp from being outside.
Vampires must not like cloudy rainy Mondays...
 
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We were only hoping for 71% occultation here, but the sky is thick with raining clouds.
 
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Where I am in New York we just experienced the Eclipse.

I have to thank my lucky stars because I had a clear sky and could observe it unencumbered with some handy dandy eclipse glasses over my normal glasses. Unfortunately my partner who works an hour away had some heavy overcast.

What a neat event to enjoy in my lifetime.
 
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WOO HOOOO!!!  We had just over 4 minutes of clear/slight hazy skies.  It was amazing, even compared to the one we had 7 years ago.  We have family here riding out the exodus traffic.

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I asked Dad to explain how this Eclipse works?

He said:  No sun


Enough said, tee hee.
 
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We sat in the sun and watched through glasses (my pinhole projector went weird, not sure why) and shared our glasses with neighbors. The neighbor's 4 year old girl was only interested for a bit, ah well.
We were about 75 miles off totality, got down to a fingernail.

:D
 
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I got to see it. I still had some solar eclipse glasses that my dad sent me for the 2017 eclipse. We were in the 100% zone then, and got 82% this time. Pretty neat.
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It turned into a beautiful day for us.  Like Eric, almost perfectly clear skies. 100% at 2:00.
 
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Yes!
Beautiful clear day...yard party of 10 and two dogs...pin hole box and plenty of glasses.

Nice cool down just before and during.

Street lights came on.
Perfect 4 minute plus totality.
a wonderful experience all round
 
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We are building a Stone Circle. ---On this continent, it is a Native American form of placing twelve stones in a circle around a center stone. The Stone Circle (some call it a Medicine Wheel) is used as a place for teaching, or healing, or a (type) of meditation, or for Ceremony, and so on. At one time there were hundreds/thousands of Stone Circles on Turtle Island (now called North America). Our Circle will take a year to build. Each stone corresponds to a month of the year. Each month I am setting that month's stone. So I decided to set April's Stone, during the Eclipse.

My plan had been to pick up April's Stone and set it in its place at about 10 minutes to totality. But my tractor wouldn't start. -So I had to go get the other tractor and get the lift hitched up. Then go. Got out to the field and Sun was mostly covered. Picked up the Stone and got up the driveway, and Sun was almost entirely covered. Placed the Stone, at exactly midpoint of Totality. Then did Ceremony to welcome Stone to its place. While Laura sat on Stone and drummed.

It was an incredible "event". It absolutely could not have been better. My human plan had been to set the stone as the sun's energy was being covered. ~Earth had a different plan. Stone was set just at the moment when Sun started return. Growing energy was imparted to Stone. Rather than waning energy.

What a wonderful Eclipse. What a wonderful Day.

 
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It was great to see this, seems it's been 50 years since the last one seen as a kid.
Took some pictures, nothing fancy. Almost 94% here in western West Virginia.
 
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https://youtube.com/shorts/dVz74bXgq-Q?feature=shared
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photo of 2024 solar eclipse
 
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That was aMAZing.
Basically clear skies in Missouri.
We could see Venus, at least one star, and maybe the comet  (very tiny).
The word I heard the most, over and over:
"WOW"
 
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I saw it perfectly here in Ohio, the quality of light before and after was thrilling, definitely had a different energy to it...and the eclipse itself when the sun haloed/corona-ed the moon was incredible, I didn't know it would do that, I thought it just went dark...it was very "sci-fi-ish" I really enjoyed it and wasn't expecting to.
 
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I know folks who flew out to see it.

Around here, it was <23%. I didn't notice. In other news, an ant farted.
 
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I thought it would get quite a bit darker than it did here.  The light dimmed noticeably, but animals didn't react much.  We had no eclipse glasses or pinhole set-up, so we sat on the porch swing and watched the sky turn from pale blue with wispy clouds to pale blue-gray.  The sun was still way too bright to be able to look directly at it.  There was definitely a different energy feel to it, quite different from sunrise or sunset.  I had the thought as I sat swinging, that if certain PTBs had their way, this dimmed down sunlight would become the norm.  I could see plants languishing from the paler sunlight.  I realized that it wouldn't take much dimming to cause a large effect.  

The temperature did drop just enough to give me a chill, then recovered quickly after it was over.  One of my dogs actually looked up toward the sun with a curious look on his face while laying on the deck at our feet.  Birds chirped and played around in the trees like normal.  My chickens acted as if nothing unusual was happening.  The horses next door milled around in their pasture, but didn't seem too bothered.  Cows across the street stood around chewing like usual.  It was nice taking a little break from yard work to just sit and focus on the natural world for a few minutes, taking in the experience for whatever it would be.  Being in the present moment instead of cogitating about the next chore, or the one after that.  
 
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As an adult I would think I would know things, like the difference between penumbra and umbra. But I didn't realize there was the full eclipse/totality and partial eclipse until just an hour before the event. Not once did I hear, or see any ads about getting the eclipse glasses so you could safely view the partial eclipse. Fortunately my wife's cousin had an extra pair. 😁
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NASA diagram explaining umbra and penumbra
 
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I traveled to see the eclipse. I planned for everything, except I left my tripod at home :(
I still got some pretty good shots. Luckily, the sun is bright.
10/10 would recommend.
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Corona
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Some Sunspots?
Some Sunspots?
 
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Kevin, those are excellent, excellent shots of the eclipse!! I tried to get some good pictures with my DSLR, but I forgot to take off my solar lens at totality!!  

Thanks so much for sharing,

Eric
 
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