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Old 08-18-2017, 12:15 PM   #99
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... there is a good reason that it scared the crap out aboriginals. ....
How do you know that...?? Who/what/where...was that reaction recorded..? Maybe that was only in the movies...

The Christopher Columbus story is likely a myth because any prediction he may have made would have assumed his belief he had discovered CHINA ... would have made his timing of the event completely FALSE... because of his navigational errors.

Other such stories are largely fabrications by Hollywood, such as in Mark Twain's "Connecticut Yankee..." and various King Arthur stories (already well-known debunks.)

Just wonderin'....

I've seen a couple eclipses... they were largely over-rated, IMO.
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Old 08-18-2017, 02:49 PM   #100
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We all have our own priorities for differing reasons. I personally could care less about this event. Glad some of you are able to see it, most so you can say you were there, because it was the thing to do.

I'm curious how much less you could care? A small amount less? A significant amount less? Substantially less? Apparently you care some amount... otherwise, you couldn't care less.
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The country NEEDS a TOTAL ECLIPSE!

In the District of Columbia....
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:36 AM   #102
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The country NEEDS a TOTAL ECLIPSE!

In the District of Columbia....
You mean it doesn't have one already? Things do seem awfully dim right now…
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Old 08-19-2017, 03:31 AM   #103
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I'm curious how much less you could care? A small amount less? A significant amount less? Substantially less? Apparently you care some amount... otherwise, you couldn't care less.
Couldn't tell you what day it will be, what little bit I care is reading about all the fuss for cg, traffic jams and almost hysterical comments from some here and in other places.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:58 AM   #105
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This is interesting....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.dee03112abf7


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I have not checked this entire thread for this method of viewing the eclipse, I found this one interesting http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/make-sun-funnel

I did not want to go nutZ with buying new gear so I Macgyvered something from junk in the house. The rugrats broken telescope, the shroud from a clamp on lamp, my photo tripod, some vellum paper and electrical tape.
The NASA version gets a larger image, but for zero dollars invested, I will settle for a 1" view, and I dont care if...
"The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow"
If it does, I will settle for a 60-70% view in my back yard
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Still trying to decide if the backyard and 98% is good enough...99% from the AS's door or a short drive N on the back roads to get 100% will be the ticket.

Interesting, locally the souvie's are in abundance. The beer, well I'm a lager guy and it was way over priced but couldn't resist. Starry Night 2.0 at $0.29. I remember seeing the VG exhibit in SF, CA in the later 50's when our 3rd grade teacher took us on a school trip so I grew and still have the post card, now framed on the wall. Seems appropriate.

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Oh my gosh! The total solar eclipse in Sweetwater, TN was absolutely stunnning! Words simply cannot describe the sensation of seeing this in person.
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The partial eclipse in New Orleans was a non-event. Too much cloud cover.
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Worked out great in (N of) Eugene. Took some back roads to get closer to Corvallis w/ total coverage vs just 98%. Also not much traffic or at least gridlock as projected.

Loved it!

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65% was just fine in upstate NY, occasional light clouds, but a perfect view.
And, no drive home needed
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