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2017 Solar Eclipse - Plans? Plots? Potential Sharder Meet-ups?

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So, those of us who are in the continental United States are rapidly approaching what promises to be a spectacular celestial event - a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. It's going to wend its way across the country from Oregon to South Carolina, casting a shadow across thousands of miles of cities and towns.

For my part, I live in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Totality will hit on the northern side of the metro (I live on the south side), so we knew from the get-go we'd have to take some vacation time and travel northwards. And we figured if we're already going to have to drive, we might as well hit the centerline for maximum totality time. So we have a parking spot reserved at the airport on the south side of St. Joseph that sits practically right on top of that sweet spot. We also have friends who will be there as well, so we're going to have a little nerd eclipse tailgate party. Because why wouldn't you?

So, who's got big plans? How many big plans for other Sharders might happen to link up in the same place? Use this thread to coordinate and meet people!

And if by chance anyone else happens to have plans to be at the Rosencrans airport in St. Joseph, MO, y'all can come hang with me. :)

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And now to unfollow the thread... Oh wait, I can't :(

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2 minutes ago, Oversleep said:

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And now to unfollow the thread... Oh wait, I can't :(

You are dooooooomed to have this thread pop up on your active content notifications for all time! Muahahaha!

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I'm super excited but don't think it's going to be a total Total eclipse this far south. Still going to be cool as rust though. I hope it won't be cloudy so I can use a wielded lens and binoculars but even if it is the darkness will be neat.

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 The times I am jealous of the States are fewer and farther between, but this is one of them. Totality. They don't come often. Enjoy it :)

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I like moon eclipses better :P

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I literally lived 30 minutes from Portland just a few months ago, within driving distance of the path of totality.  Now, I'm well to the south of it.  Oh well, it will still be an interesting thing to look at.  By the way, don't forget to wear your eclipse glasses!  You still get UV light exposure, even though the sun is blocked.

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I'm going to cedar point to ride roller coasters. 

I'm the only one in my family who actually cares <_<

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I'm getting so pumped for this. It's not hard to imagine exactly why ancient peoples completely lost their minds thinking the world was ending/the gods where mad during these events.

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I live in the path so I'll be watching (with proper eye protection) from my front porch. If you're in Oregon you're welcome to watch with me. I'm in Salem. PM me for the address.

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I looked at a chart and I'm going to be getting way less sun then I thought I would this far south. Should be only a sliver edge. The sky is going to look weird.

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I get totality where I live. I know schools here are basically letting kids out to see it.

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Was awesome. 

But where I am, it was only 99.2% awesome. 

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That was AMAZING! I live in the direct path (Rexburg), so I just saw the total eclipse. Anyone else see the total eclipse (or going to)?

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31 minutes ago, Rebecca said:

That was AMAZING! I live in the direct path (Rexburg), so I just saw the total eclipse. Anyone else see the total eclipse (or going to)?

I'm in Portland, and because of work I couldn't go the roughly 50 miles to see the totality. 

I'm jelly 

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It was so amazing! The temperature dropped quite a bit, the sky was a gorgeous, dark periwinkle blue, crickets started chirping, and it was so quiet...until everyone at waterfront park started cheering. The solar flares were so clear and huge! Such an unforgettable experience!

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I watched for about 30 minutes from BYU campus, where the peak reached roughly 90% of totality. It was super cool! My department at the library received several sets of free eclipse glasses from one of the sciencey journals we subscribe to, so my failure to find my own pair I could've sworn I had lying around didn't keep me from getting a good look. I took a photo with my cell phone through the glasses and will be posting it later when I have the chance.

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I only had 71%. Looked neat but what I wouldn't have given for that other 29%...

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Jupiter, Mars,Mercury,& Venus all should have been visible on the solar plain in a nice line. Sirius could probably have easily been seen to. I'm so mad I couldn't see 100.

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got about 80% near me, which was pretty cool.  it was about as dark as if a thin cloud had drifted in front of he sun.  my desk at work is across from a westward facing window, so I barely had to get up to go check it out, which was nice at least

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I got to see totality, and it was remarkable! It was a bright violet aura circling the moon, with large pale flares surrounding. I could see Venus too.

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Oh that is cool. Look at some of the vids coming out of airplanes at 40K ft up...

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