OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 21, 2017 11:44 AM|
OT did you see it? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Aug 21, 2017 11:59 AM
OT did you see it? (by NE [PA]) Aug 21, 2017 12:05 PM
OT did you see it? (by Pat [VA]) Aug 21, 2017 12:06 PM
OT did you see it? (by Sisco [MO]) Aug 21, 2017 12:09 PM
OT did you see it? (by Vee [OH]) Aug 21, 2017 12:19 PM
OT did you see it? (by Lynda [TX]) Aug 21, 2017 12:27 PM
OT did you see it? (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 21, 2017 12:30 PM
OT did you see it? (by Gail K [GA]) Aug 21, 2017 12:34 PM
OT did you see it? (by cjo'h [CT]) Aug 21, 2017 12:49 PM
OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 21, 2017 12:52 PM
OT did you see it? (by rentON [PA]) Aug 21, 2017 12:53 PM
OT did you see it? (by LindaJ [NY]) Aug 21, 2017 1:07 PM
OT did you see it? (by Susan [OH]) Aug 21, 2017 1:22 PM
OT did you see it? (by Beth [WI]) Aug 21, 2017 1:44 PM
OT did you see it? (by S i d [MO]) Aug 21, 2017 1:52 PM
OT did you see it? (by Smokowna [MD]) Aug 21, 2017 3:08 PM
OT did you see it? (by Pmh [TX]) Aug 21, 2017 3:10 PM
OT did you see it? (by Luba [NY]) Aug 21, 2017 3:24 PM
OT did you see it? (by J [FL]) Aug 21, 2017 4:51 PM
OT did you see it? (by gevans [SC]) Aug 21, 2017 5:04 PM
OT did you see it? (by Still Learning [NH]) Aug 21, 2017 5:17 PM
OT did you see it? (by NE [PA]) Aug 21, 2017 6:34 PM
OT did you see it? (by Deanna [TX]) Aug 21, 2017 7:26 PM
OT did you see it? (by RichE [IL]) Aug 21, 2017 7:43 PM
OT did you see it? (by Lee [IN]) Aug 22, 2017 3:32 AM
OT did you see it? (by Mickie [OH]) Aug 22, 2017 4:21 AM
OT did you see it? (by Amy [MO]) Aug 22, 2017 6:39 AM
OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Aug 22, 2017 9:01 AM
OT did you see it? (by Steve [TN]) Aug 22, 2017 11:19 AM
OT did you see it? (by Blue [IL]) Aug 22, 2017 12:41 PM
OT did you see it? (by Jan [MO]) Aug 22, 2017 1:53 PM
OT did you see it? (by Hollis [MA]) Aug 22, 2017 2:38 PM
OT did you see it? (by John... [MI]) Aug 23, 2017 11:29 AM
OT did you see it? (by John... [MI]) Aug 23, 2017 11:31 AM
OT did you see it? (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Aug 23, 2017 1:06 PM
OT did you see it? (by cjo'h [CT]) Aug 23, 2017 2:46 PM
OT did you see it? (by Janet [KY]) Aug 24, 2017 10:55 PM
OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 11:44 AM
Here in NJ it's 2:42 and as close as its going to get to darkness. I just stepped out the back door and it's not cloudy but it looks like a storm is on the way. Except it's not a storm coming, it's the sun being eclipsed. Oh and you can look when it's total they say, but I would not risk it.
OT did you see it? (by RathdrumGal [ID]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 11:59 AM
We are too far north to be in the "totality zone" so I wasn't planning to see it. Anyway, I went to the post office to pick up mail, and there were the federal workers, out with their special eclipse glasses. They were kind enough to share so I got a peek. I was surprised how light it was in my area even with 90% of the sun blocked.
Today is my 40th wedding anniversary. It was very nice of my husband to arrange an eclipse for me! --98.146.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:05 PM
I could see a little through the clouds, but no glasses to stare long enough. Pretty neat. My sister lives in Georgia and sent me some pictures of really weird shadows on the ground. --174.201.xx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:06 PM
At 68, it just emphasized how fast the time moves along...... We sat on the front porch and it got a little cooler, just seemed like clouds over the sun. The sun is so powerful, it wasn't enough here to make much difference. --76.4.xx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:09 PM
Yes, pretty cool.
OT did you see it? (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:19 PM
My spare time last week was making the cereal box viewers, 315PM here just got cleaned up a eclipse cookout party with about 20 people (adopted grandkids and some grownups), we have been watching over the weekend with 1 edge looking fuzzy - I think we got about 60 percent and you could see the moon sliding over but not completely over, the news announced there will be a total in my CLE area in 7 years, I doubt if the boxes will last that long in storage - I may need to make gaskets for an outboard motor... Ally you may be included in 7 years. --76.188.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Lynda [TX]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:27 PM
We don't get to see it in southern TX--just the tiniest curve. The sunshine was out the whole time. --108.87.xx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:30 PM
congratulations Rathdrum. see, us husbands can (occasionally) come up with ways to knock your socks off. I will be hard pressed though to match your husband's present. he just made it harder for the rest of us. --104.218.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:34 PM
Yes; here in Georgia the shadows were pretty neat....and kinda strange.
Interestingly, the center point (supposedly) on TV was where I went to college; Carbondale Illinois. The sun came out from behind the clouds at midpoint for about the last 10 seconds there; you could hear the crowd cheering when it did.
OT did you see it? (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:49 PM
Rathdrum gal,congratulations.In New Haven Connecticut,we can't even see the Moon,It's too far away,we're lucky if we can see things half a mile away?Charlie.....................................Edgewood Park is about 75 meters away,not too sure about that............................ --174.199.xx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:52 PM
Vee, are you inviting me? Maybe in spirit. Not sure. --73.33.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by rentON [PA]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 12:53 PM
Yes, I got to see it through a pair of eclipse glasses the neighbors shared with me. It was pretty cool but not as big a deal as the media hyped. --73.236.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 1:07 PM
Just another grey day in upstate NY. We get way too many of them. Actually it was kind of sunny, until about eclipse time when a big cloud came along. Then it got sunnier again after eclipse time. In 7 years it is supposed to be total about 2 hours drive from me. Of course that area of the state is even more grey then here. LOL --96.236.xx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Susan [OH]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 1:22 PM
We saw it here south of Vee-ville. Hubby made the cereal box viewer, which worked but I think he made the pinhole too big. He tried to make a viewing gizmo out of our telescope (it was a no-go), but we did manage to make a viewer out of a pair of binoculars-very simple. So we saw the whole thing! Pretty cool-you could also see the clouds going across the sun! Got a little cooler, and the house was pretty DARK! --76.189.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Beth [WI]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 1:44 PM
We had around 85% eclipse in my area. Before the eclipse, it was over cast. It seemed a little darker... as if a big storm was coming. Sounds outside (I live in the country) were muted. As soon as the peak of the eclipse passed, it was sunny!
I just happened to look up in the sky near the peak time. I saw a sliver! You are not supposed to see that unless you are in a total eclipse area. Maybe the cloud cover helped to see that? I didn't have eclipse glasses so I wasn't staring at that. The pictures I took a few minutes later did not show any slivers. --24.177.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 1:52 PM
96% here...but enough light still to where is looked mostly like an overcast day. We did feel it cool off significantly. Amazing how much power just 4% of the sun still has!
My kids went up to visit grandma and grandpa in Jefferson City and experienced 100% totality. They said it became night for about 2 1/2 minutes. --173.19.xx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Smokowna [MD]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 3:08 PM
I ate Keylime pie out on the front lawn. --74.96.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Pmh [TX]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 3:10 PM
key lime pie is only dessert I eat. even if wife bakes a pie. if she bakes key lime pie I eat. if not I don't --166.137.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Luba [NY]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 3:24 PM
We have one pair of glasses for the whole office. It was pretty cool to see! Without glasses it was just a little dimmer day, nothing special for NY.
Husband asked if I made a wish, but I didn't know I needed to make one. All I wanted was to see the eclipse. So, my wish came true! --69.120.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by J [FL]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 4:51 PM
I wasn't able to get a pair of glasses, so no.
I did watch it on TV and it was exciting and even sort of moving, in an unexpected way. Almost made me wish I had gone up to South Carolina to view the totality.
Have to wait for the next one! --50.88.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 5:04 PM
Saw it. Totality. Very cool. Watched at my daughter's house in Manning, SC. During the 2 minutes of totality you could look without glasses. The shadows were very weird. The air temp dropped considerably (from 98 down to around 85).
Sky was partly cloudy but full view during the most important 2 minutes.
We could only see the partial with the glasses, but when it went total, there was a HUGE drop in light. Conversely, there was an immediate huge increase when the moon moved on. --98.122.x.xx
OT did you see it? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 5:17 PM
Watched from our sailboat at the Isles of Shoals. About 60%. Very cool! Shared our glasses with friends that rafted with us since they didn't have glasses. A total eclipse is now on my bucket list! --107.77.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 6:34 PM
There's a super cool picture of it that NASA took of you can find it. --50.32.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 7:26 PM
We were around 78% totality. C-SPAN was broadcasting the NASA channel, so we enjoyed watching coverage of more fortunate areas, without the hassle of traffic and travel. I set up the telescope so that it would project onto an index card, which was okay, but the two-index-card pinhole viewer was better. The best, however, was watching the tree leaves turn into a pinhole-viewer-equivalent, with thousands of little crescent shadows.
The kids at the school were all given solar glasses, so DS1 had a great experience.
My brother works in air traffic control at a place in the path of totality. He sent me a photo of his airspace on a busy day. And then he sent me a photo of his airspace today. It was insane! I'm amazed there weren't a thousand crashes from people coming/going/trying to watch the eclipse from the air. --96.46.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by RichE [IL]) Posted on: Aug 21, 2017 7:43 PM
Watched it a few miles south west of Carbondale IL in great weather. Experienced totality for 2 minutes and 38 seconds. It was awesome. Temps dropped a bunch from mid 90s crickets started chirping, colors became intense and it looked like an eerie dusk. We saw venus shining brightly and in general we were blown away by the experience. I made filters got my camera and 10x binoculars - we could see sun spots, the diamond ring and Bailey 's beads. Totally worth the 5 hour drive. In 2024 if the Lord lets me stick around that long, come join me at the cedar lake boat launch and we'll be amazed again. --70.195.xx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Lee [IN]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 3:32 AM
Drove down close to Hoptown for totality. I was in a cemetery. Pretty cool. Wish I had Key Lime pie. I would choose the pie over the moon pie --209.239.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Mickie [OH]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 4:21 AM
Yep, I used my phone & switched the camera as I would to use it like a mirror. Pointed the screen and enjoyed the show. --174.232.xxx.x
OT did you see it? (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 6:39 AM
Last minute, decided to have a family day. Kids had the option to be excused from school.
We had a thunderstorm in the morning and newscasters suggested that east of us there would be more possibility of viewing the eclipse without cloud cover. So we headed east and ended up in Sedalia when the moon began to block the sun. We met up with my brother, Mom and stepdad who live there. It was completely unplanned.
So many people went up to St Joseph and didn't see as much as they would have have hoped. That was our original plan. Just another confirmation to us that God is in control of all of this. It drove me nuts having to scrap our original plans.
But it worked out. It was nothing short of amazing. Humbling experience.
We were able to stay in an empty parking lot at my brother's work. His boss was grilling and invited us for lunch. Interesting, enlightening conversation. Investor of a nursing home that is awaiting opening day.
OT did you see it? (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 9:01 AM
Can you people who saw totality imagine what a bunch of early humans must have thought since this happens every hundred years or so? Maybe there were drawings and verbal legends about the sun getting covered up. If they watched it though, I guess they all went blind and died. --73.33.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by Steve [TN]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 11:19 AM
100% at my house. We took the day off and hosted a pool and eclipse party. Biggest surprise was that the sky was completely clear.
Watching the moon overtake the sun with glasses was very neat. But it's nothing compared to totality!
Sure, I've seen pictures of it. But nothing prepares you for how striking the scene is when the whole sky is in view. A dark black hole with soft light spewing from the edges (the corona). The rest of the sky dim, but not dark like night. More like twilight.
Nope, our dogs didn't act any different. --208.84.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Blue [IL]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 12:41 PM
I am about 40 minutes from the edge of totality, but LL friends of mine have a storage facility in Carbondale, 2 hours away. NASA was filming in SIUC's football bowl a few blocks away.
We hung out in their little office (with A/C and a private bathroom, yay) and I set the timer on my phone for every 5 minutes to pop outside and watch the moon eat the sun.
I even spent $1.99 for an app for my iPad. It grabbed your GPS location, and had verbal updates when you were getting close. (SIX MINUTES TO TOTALITY....10 second countdown, then a horn when totality hit...REMOVE GLASSES NOW.... .....MIDWAY THROUGH TOTALITY........REPLACE GLASSES NOW). It sounds kinda dumb, but was actually extremely helpful because, as another poster mentioned, a huge thunderhead came overhead just before totality (this is why NASA only got 40 seconds). We jumped in the car and managed to outrun the cloud and get into the sun 3 minutes ahead of totality. Got the full 2 minutes +. We also saw the shadow bands which don't always occur, and science is not sure what makes them.
Amazing! My only real regret was my adult son decided to take the day off and didn't let me know ahead of time, I would liked to have shared it with him. And my SO had to work that day, but he was just within totality; he did get to see it, but it was short.
Looks like we get another shot in 7 years. Interestingly, Carbondale is once again in the best spot. April's weather can be hit or miss, though.
OT did you see it? (by Jan [MO]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 1:53 PM
I was in Washington, MO and saw the total eclipse - lasted about 2.3 minutes. Fabulous. --144.191.xxx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Hollis [MA]) Posted on: Aug 22, 2017 2:38 PM
Wife and I went to Wyoming,..perfect day,...Got a car In Denver and stated north @ 2am to beat the crowds,...I think we got the last hotel and car in Denver...eclipse there was total,@11:30
Boy its been a long time since I have been in those states,..spent a week camping In Frazer Co,while in college. A tiny town then,..I was blown away how big and busy it is now,..sad for me,..
But the trip ,..besides the eclipse was an adventure,..seeing some strange and beautiful country sides that is very different than we have in Ma.
Anyway I read In our newspaper that a 98% eclipse lets in 10,000x more light than a total eclipse,.I saw that as soon a a sliver of light came back from the end of the eclipse,..it was pretty bright,..more than lets say,... a cloudy day,..
Did anyone look at the stippled shade under trees to see the little eclipses in the sunny spots. --71.192.xxx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Aug 23, 2017 11:29 AM
Just got back last night from our trip to Savannah, MO to watch it. Unfortunately, it ended up being cloudy for most of the day. We did not get to see the corona. That being said, we still had a great trip and I was glad we did it. Was awesome to watch it go from light to very dark to light again in just over two minutes. Also got to see the 360-degree "sunrise/sunset" and that alone was worth the trip to a totality area!
Will definitely do it again in 2024! :)
OT did you see it? (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Aug 23, 2017 11:31 AM
AllyM: Just so you know, there is a total eclipse somewhere on earth about every 18 months, not every 100 years.
It is rare for one to go coast-to-coast across the USA like this one did, sure. But when talking about "early humans" seeing it, well, that would be happening somewhere every couple of years or so on average. Just so you know.
I agree it must have been very odd for them. It would be very odd even for us today if it happened and we didn't KNOW it was supposed to happen. If someone ignored all of the news and was just out walking in the sun on Monday, it would likely totally freak them out! :) Then imagine an early human having that experience! So, again, I agree, must have been crazy stuff for them!
OT did you see it? (by Andrew,Canada [ON]) Posted on: Aug 23, 2017 1:06 PM
no...dont care. --99.225.xx.xxx
OT did you see it? (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Aug 23, 2017 2:46 PM
It's 28 minutes after 5 on Wednesday and the sun is shining full blast . Nice.Yesterday I was going to put up the 40' ladder to the roof to get a better view of the thing you were all talking about,thought better of it and didn't.Glad I Didn't.The kelime pie sounds good, but never had it.Probably not as good as Blackcurrant. You mentioned dark,you really don't know what dark is until you stop on a lonely mountain road in Co.Tyrone,with lights out,you can't see your friend across the car roof, you know they're there, but you can't see them.That's dark.So much for your Eclipse.Charlie...... ..... .... ... . --174.199.xx.xx
OT did you see it? (by Janet [KY]) Posted on: Aug 24, 2017 10:55 PM
Yes ! Saw it ! I had requested the day off just to
see it. I was hanging around our rental doing work outside, so hot, then all the sudden noticed the sun
wasn't burning me, it got that funny twilight dark , hard
to see outside, I kept peeking at it through my solar glasses. It got so dark I couldn't see to find my mail
box key on my key ring. ha ha. Then no sooner was
dark it started to get light again. Weird.
My brother was at our family farm along highway 79 to
Hopkinsville and said people were just pulling into our
farm from all states they had traveled all night to view it. --74.141.xxx.xxx