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Chang Style Novice
06-11-2002, 09:42 PM
I skipped class because well...how often do you get to see a solar eclipse, even a partial one?

I got really lucky. It was sunny and clear, and part of the balcony on my apartment building faces west. It took place shortly before sunset here, so I only got to see about the first half - the sun dropped below some other apartments across the street right around the time lunar occlusion was at it's maximum. I think we got about 70% of the sun's face covered from here. I had a site bookmarked, but don't feel like checking it right now. Anyway, I put on my prescription sunglasses, and then on top of that I wore a pair of welding goggles that I have left over from a sculpture class I took I while back. That was sufficient to allow me to look directly at the sun without pain, at least after it dipped low enough to turn red. Before that I could only take quick, glancing glimpses of the event, not counting my 'solar camera' arrangement with a hole-poked piece of paper and a nice blank wall. Anyway, looking right at the eclipse like that was like viewing the biggest, brightest, reddest crescent moon you ever saw. It was truly an inspiring sight. Totally worth missing class for.

And you?

06-11-2002, 09:48 PM
If i did id say... Yes, i watched the sun eclipse, a remarkfully beutifull experience.

I didnt see it

06-11-2002, 09:53 PM
There was an eclipse? huh.

Chang Style Novice
06-11-2002, 09:53 PM

Was it even visible from Brasil?

06-11-2002, 09:59 PM
I dont remember seeing anything about it on TV or anywhere else, so i guess it wasnt visible.

Chang Style Novice
06-11-2002, 10:03 PM
I just checked the global map of yesterday's solar eclipse (http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/ASE2002/ASE2002gif/SE2002Jun10A-1.GIF) and it looks like it stopped considerably north and west of you, Xeb. Tough luck.

Mr Punch
06-12-2002, 03:17 AM
It was supposedly visible here. Unfortunately, the two-week late rainy season decided it was gonna coincide.:mad:

Chang Style Novice
06-12-2002, 09:53 AM

A very fine time lapse shot of the partial eclipse, as seen above the Golden Gate Bridge.

08-21-2017, 07:52 AM
It's totally overcast here at Tiger Claw (https://www.tigerclaw.com/home.php)'s Fremont CA office right now. TOTALLY. Just grey from horizon to horizon. :(

Maybe it'll burn off in the next few hours but that's not how the weather pattern has been here lately.

08-21-2017, 10:14 AM
Sun poked out just enough to get a view. :cool:

08-22-2017, 09:51 AM
none of you saw that? it was up in the sky. :rolleyes:

08-22-2017, 07:38 PM
Hello, Gene & folks,

Yes, that was a really great event. The last solar eclipse that was as powerful as yesterday's in our hemisphere is said to have occurred 99 years ago. Up in my area the solar eclipse was only 63% strong at the most they say, but if you ask me, and I was looking at it with my bare eyes at it's peak (my eyes are fine), it looked to be a bit less than that- from what I witnessed I could see the planet (or moon or whatever) cover the sun part way, and the sun that was still bare was crescent shaped.

It was only later that I got to go for a hike, to a high look-out, when the event was ending in my area. Still great.

Also, for several days before the event I was looking at videos on YouTube. I was very disappointed with most videos. Some videos said the world is going to end, the eclipse conjurs demons into the world, etc. etc., while other videos said the eclipse is the most beneficial event in our lifetimes so far. Hmm, who to believe. I just enjoyed the event for what I could witness- as far as I can tell a cool natural phenomenon. It felt good to witness it and also go for the hike when the sun was returning to it's normal strength.

08-23-2017, 07:25 AM
TBH, I didn't get the special glasses for it, so I didn't even attempt to look at it. Business as usual for me. All I noticed in my location is that for several minutes before and after the designated time, the sunlight and sky *seemed* to appear a bit dimmer, or less bright, if that makes any sense. A co-worker of mine took some time off and went to Oregon to her parents' house, which happens to be in the 'path of totality', to see it.

Hi, Matt:

There's always going to be people who say that natural celestial events like these are either the end of the world or will usher in some new Age of Enlightenment. In this case, it's just another natural phenomenon that, while spectacular in some areas, is not, (IMO), an overly big deal.

08-23-2017, 08:03 AM
Sun poked out just enough to get a view. :cool:

Most apt use of sunglass smiley ever.

08-23-2017, 08:24 AM
Greetings Gentlemen,

The energy of the days leading into the eclipse were very strong. Those energies still continue and will shore up and reinforce the energies coming through late October and through the remainder of the year. So, contrary to what the mainstream media and so called mystics, this solar eclipse was not a singular event. Its profound nature is completely ON. It will kick the booties of those whose bodies are not fit enough to receive it


08-28-2017, 07:51 AM
Report: Some patients treated for putting sunblock in their eyes during eclipse (http://www.wcyb.com/news/national/report-some-patients-treated-for-putting-sunblock-in-their-eyes-during-eclipse/611460337)
News Staff
Posted: Aug 23, 2017 06:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 23, 2017 06:25 PM EDT


Those experiencing blurred or impaired vision after watching the solar eclipse may want to see an eye doctor.

Nurse Practioner Trish Patterson told our sister station KRCR it usually takes 24 hours before people start noticing symptoms, including visual defects or blurriness.

Pain is not expected because there aren't pain receptors in the retina.

Patterson said they treat looking directly into the sun the same as a welder's flash.

So far, she said they haven't had any patients with damage from looking at the eclipse, but they've had a few customers experience pain after they put sunscreen in their eye Monday since they did not have protective glasses.

"One of my colleagues at moonlight here stated yesterday that they had patients presenting at their clinic that put sunscreen on their eyeball, and presented that they were having pain and they were referred to an ophthalmologist," Patterson said.

She said it only takes a few seconds of staring directly at the sun for retina damage.

Other signs to look out for dark spots in the center of vision and cloudiness.

People experiencing those symptoms should get checked right away with a thorough eye exam using a slit lamp, and visit an ophthalmologist.

Most apt use of sunglass smiley ever. :p thanks rett2!

08-31-2017, 10:49 AM
I believe that in times of solar eclipse this is a magical time and miracles can happen:D

09-06-2017, 12:40 PM
I drove to Jefferson City, MO for the eclipse. We had clear skies and an excellent view of 100% totality. Truly amazing.

07-02-2019, 08:32 AM
Here's how to watch the total solar eclipse from anywhere under the sun (https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/us/how-to-watch-total-solar-eclipse-trnd/index.html)
By Scottie Andrew and Brian Ries, CNN
Updated 7:34 AM ET, Tue July 2, 2019

A total solar eclipse will shut out light for four minutes in parts of Chile and Argentina. Here's how to watch without making the trek.
(CNN)No need to break out the eclipse glasses this year (unless you live within the path of totality): Astronomy lovers can livestream Tuesday's total solar eclipse over South America from the comfort of just about anywhere with WiFi.

Here are a few options

The Exploratorium museum in San Francisco is partnering with NASA to live stream the eclipse as the moon (https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse) moves between the Earth and Sun to block the Sun's light, leaving areas in its path in darkness for four and a half minutes.
Their coverage begins Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET across three channels: one for live telescope views from an observatory in Vicuna, Chile, and two more for commentary in English and Spanish. NASA Television (https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive) will also carry the English-language coverage on its channel.
The European Southern Observatory will stream its own live coverage of the event (https://www.youtube.com/user/ESOobservatory) from its facility in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Reservations are full for in-person observatory viewing.
The eclipse will be visible in its totality in a narrow 70-mile radius from La Serena, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, between 4:38 p.m. and 4:44 p.m. ET.
Along with Argentina and Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay will experience a partial solar eclipse, as well as parts of Colombia, Brazil, Venezuela and Panama, according to NASA.
August 2017 marked the last time all of North America caught a glimpse of a total solar eclipse. The path of totality ran from Oregon to South Carolina—the first time in 99 years a total solar eclipse crossed the Atlantic and Pacific.

Too busy to watch today. :(

07-15-2019, 10:47 AM
A little dated because this was Tuesday is long past, but there's time.

3 Eclipses Are Coming to North America in the Next 5 Years — Here's When and Where to See Them (https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/when-is-the-next-eclipse-north-america)
Tuesday's totality was the first of two in a row in South America, but North America will get solar eclipses in 2021, 2023 and 2024.


Everyone’s going eclipse-crazy. The first total solar eclipse since August 2017’s “Great American Eclipse,” Tuesday's dramatic eclipse in the southern hemisphere reminded many North Americans of the events of that summer day two years ago. This stunning celestial event is a great excuse to travel, but did you know that North America is now in a “golden age” of solar eclipses?

What is a solar eclipse?
Despite the sun being roughly 400 times larger than the moon, it’s also about 400 times further away from Earth. The moon’s orbit of Earth is tilted slightly from the path the sun takes through our sky, but it does intersect. Just occasionally, a new moon gets exactly between Earth and the sun, and a solar eclipse occurs.

When is the next eclipse in North America?
The next solar eclipse that will be visible from North America is coming on June 10, 2021 when a partial solar eclipse will be viewable from the north-eastern U.S. and Canada. The experience will be a little like in 2017, with solar eclipse glasses essential throughout the event, though this one happens at sunrise. Those in New York and Boston will have to be awake at 5:30 a.m. to see a 73-percent eclipsed sun appear on the eastern horizon. Montreal and Ottawa, Canada will see an 80-percent eclipsed sun. However, the epicenter is in Ontario, Canada, where the event will be a rather special “Ring of Fire” eclipse, also known as an annular solar eclipse.

What is an annular solar eclipse?
It’s when the moon doesn’t quite cover the sun because it’s at the furthest point from Earth in its slightly elliptical monthly orbit, so it’s smaller in the sky. What observers in a narrow path across Earth’s surface see will be a perfect circle of light around the moon, though solar eclipse glasses must be worn at all times. Unless you can get to the ultra-remote Baffin Bay or Northwestern Passages, the best place to be on June 10, 2021 will be Polar Bear Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, where a perfect Ring of Fire will last for 3 minutes and 33 seconds from 5:57 a.m. with 94 percent of the sun obscured.

A “Ring of Fire” rehearsal
On Oct. 14, 2023, another annular solar eclipse will occur in North America. This time it will be much easier to see than in 2021, with another Ring of Fire lasting over four minutes visible across the western U.S. from Oregon through Nevada, Utah, Texas, New Mexico, as well as in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Columbia and Brazil. Key tourist attractions crossed by this eclipse include Edzná, a Mayan temple in Mexico, and in the U.S., Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, and Arizona’s Monument Valley.

Los Angeles will see a 70-percent eclipsed sun at 9:24 a.m. while Las Vegas will see 82 percent, Denver 78 percent, Chicago 42 percent, Washington D.C. 29 percent, and New York 23 percent at 1:22 a.m. However, the epicenter of this event is going to be Texas, which will not only have a good chance of clear weather, but will also be staging a dress rehearsal for a much bigger, more important eclipse coming up just six months later. Austin will see an 88 percent partial solar eclipse at 11:54 a.m. while San Antonio will see an exact Ring of Fire. Lost Maples State Natural Area in Texas will also see that spectacle… and just six months later, it will see a “proper’” total solar eclipse.

Great North American Eclipse of 2024
This is the one to get excited about and, if you get yourself beneath a clear sky, it will provide you with that long transcendental totality you always wanted. Called the “Great North American Eclipse” because it also crosses Canada and Mexico, the events of April 8, 2024 could be era-defining unforgettable. At lunchtime totality will sweep across Mazatlán, Durango, and Coahuila in Mexico, then Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, New York, Vermont, and Maine, ending over New Brunswick and Newfoundland in Canada.

Austin and Dallas, Texas, will enjoy totality for over four minutes (twice that of 2017’s “Great American Eclipse”), and only slightly less will be visible from Indianapolis, Niagara Falls, and Montreal. Just like in 2017, anyone standing outside of the 100 miles-wide path of totality will see a partial solar eclipse. New York will see an 89-percent eclipsed sun, while Los Angeles will see 49 percent, Las Vegas 51 percent, Denver 65 percent, Washington D.C. 87 percent, Columbus, Ohio 99 percent, and San Antonio, Texas a staggeringly close 99.9 percent. However, these are not the places to remain in… get yourself to the path of totality. Less than 100 percent might as well be 0 percent.

Jamie Carter is editor of WhenIsTheNextEclipse.com