Another Eclipse Open Thread

Photo from resident photographer Jeffreyw:

I didn’t see anything except it got darker out. I’m glad so many millions got a kick out of it. I celebrated this like every other major event in my life- general indifference and a mid-afternoon nap.

Also, this:

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    TenguPhule says:

    I celebrated this like every other major event in my life- general indifference and a mid-afternoon nap.

    Including your girlfriend?

    /Tongue in Cheek

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    ThresherK says:

    Our library is making this into an event.

    I have the pinhole deely here, and it works. We reached the “crescent shadows” stage in central CT some 10 minutes ago.

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    NotMax says:

    Anyone puffing on a Corona Corona?

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    Eric NNY says:

    Live well north of the path of totality, but it got darker and the temperature dropped for a few minutes.

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    Eric NNY says:

    @jeffreyw: Great shot!

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Thanks! I knew I could just ignore it and then come here and see it.

    Right now it’s weirdly dark out. That’s about it.

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    dmsilev says:

    We had a few thousand visitors stop by. Ran out of glasses, but people were pretty good about sharing and making pinhole projectors and the like. Weather cooperated, and a good time was had by all.

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    LAO says:

    I’m mildly disappointed by this:

    Update: No goats fainted.— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 21, 2017

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    We had excellent crescent shadows, and a significant drop in the heat of the sun (5600′)

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    NotMax says:

    The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas

    Kids’ song.

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    donnah says:

    SW Ohio, just a gradual softening of the brightness of the sky, now returning to the usual brightness. We had some sketchy cloud cover, so it wasn’t all that dramatic.

    My sis and her family in California drove up to Oregon and she said it was beautiful. They were right in the optimum area. I’m glad they got to see it.

    There is a predicted event for 2024 that will cross more closely to us. I hope Trump doesn’t get us all killed so I can see it.

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    ThresherK says:

    @jeffreyw: Good stuff!

    Our library also ran out of free viewing glasses, and people did the communist thing, sharing them, instead of the Randians getting in line first, then hogging them all and selling them.

    Who ami I kidding? Randians don’t believe in public libraries.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Speaking of Suns going out….

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Monday that there was “zero chance, no chance” Congress would fail to raise the debt ceiling by late September, although he offered no clues about how he hoped to persuade lawmakers to back such a measure.

    The odds of a default are increasing.


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    HeleninEire says:

    @LAO: Me too.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Assuming we survive Trump, Balloon Juice Meetup in Carbondale in 7 years.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Drove 5 hours (what should be < 2 hour trip) to Anderson, SC, only to be greeted by pop-up showers and a lot of cloud cover. But it got quite dark, the quality of the light was very different from a normal sunset or dusk, and the temperature plummeted almost 20° in a matter of a few minutes. I'm glad I did this. Now to hit the road and head back home.

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    ruemara says:

    I snapped a couple of poor shots with my cell phone and stared at the sun a little too much. When do I get my super powers?

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    bystander says:

    Nice pic, Jeff!

    Again, any thoughts on why this became such a national obsession? Anything but Trump? A nation seeking to heel?

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    He does not need to persuade them. He only has to be willing to introduce a clean debt limit lifting bill and convince Ryan to do the same. It will pass, most likely with enough votes to override Trump if Trump decides to play spoiled toddler.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Never got very dark, but it still rocked none the less! 80% partial. Made a pinhole projector and had glasses. Glasses > pinhole projector, definitely. Will have to see a total eclipse in 2024

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    Yarrow says:

    @jeffreyw: Very cool photo! We made a viewing box with a pinhole and had a great time sharing it around with people. Also took out kitchen implements that had holes in them to get crescent shadows on the sidewalk. It worked pretty well. Everyone had a great time.

    I’ve seen a few of the reporters in areas of totality across the country and they’ve all been kind of overwhelmed during the moments of totality – voices quivering as they try to explain it. Everyone there seemed so amazed and impressed. Definitely makes me want to see one.

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    A Ghost to Most says:

    I’ve had burns on my corneas. Do not want again.

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    Kelly says:

    2 minutes of totality here in the Cascade Foothills. Four of our friends spent the weekend here. We had the river bank all to ourselves. A bit of forest fire smoke drifted in around an hour before first contact then drifted away just in time. The corona in real life! The crickets waking up! The light on the landscape during totality. What a great summer party.

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    The Dangerman says:


    It will pass.

    Oh, it will pass, Ray. It will most definitely pass (spoken in James Earl Jones voice from Field of Dreams).

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Perhaps. Also, it was hyped in the media. Being the first time in 90 years the entire continental US could see a significant partial eclipse didn’t hurt I’m sure.

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    Sab says:

    In NE Ohio we live by a large wooded metroparks, and all the birds disappeared. Utter silence. Normally it’s pretty raucous with bird calls and chatter.

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    LAO says:


    yep, trump looked without glasses #solareclipse— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) August 21, 2017

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    japa21 says:

    I was thinking how much I miss our Nerd-in-Chief. Obama would have really made a big deal about this. Unlike Cole.

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    jeffreyw says:

    Wow! Front paged my photo, thanks John, et al. I wish it was in focus, now. I set the dial at infinity and started snapping brackets as soon as I found it in the viewfinder. I guess it wasn’t quite that far away. LOL

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    beth says:

    Wow, just finished out totality here in Charleston and it was awesome – a huge storm moved in and the whole area around the sun was full of storm clouds and lightning but it was still visible. So glad I left work early to see it.

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    NotMax says:

    @The Dangerman

    Which one?


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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Did the temp drop a little bit for you?

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Did you see the eclipse in Hawaii?

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    Keith P. says:

    Clouds over the sun the whole time

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    That’s close to what I saw here in Ohio, just slightly more covered up

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    beth says:

    Of course this being the South, my neighbors are setting off fireworks. What, this once in a lifetime experience wasn’t good enough by itself, you redneck noisemakers? Now my dog is triply freaked out – by the early darkness, the thunder and the fireworks. People just suck.

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    rikyrah says:

    very cool :)

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    Gravenstone says:

    @donnah: My family farm in NW Ohio is just outside the 2024 totality zone (99.66% coverage). We’ll see at the time if that’s good enough, or if it’s better to act as a staging area for a half hour drive S/SE.

    eta: of course, this will also be NW Ohio the first week of April. As likely to be an ice storm as a clear sky.

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    MJLiberal says:

    Well I am disappointed – I thought he11 would open up and swallow it’s spawn.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: lovely!

    Edit: Of course, the crescent makes me wonder if you are a secret muslim. Same goes for any elected official that got excite about the eclipse. Quick, can we deport all the politicians and then life the Muslim ban?

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    grandpa john says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: You should have drove another 30 miles down to Abbeville, the viewing was great, and the scattered clouds that were around disappeared with the temp drop. at total eclipse all the lights in the park came on . Being in the zone of totality we got it all. and no travel, simply went down the steps, crossed the street and set down on a park bench , slipped my glasses on and observed.

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    Phylllis says:

    Had a great experience here in Tinytown. The high school kids were at the football stadium, and they oohed and aahed as we went to totality. It was pretty cool. We had a family park here in the district office parking lot who drove up from Savannah & were able to give them glasses. Makes for a great memory.

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    @jeffreyw: Digital camera focusing goes past infinity. What you need to do to focus for infinity is focus on something far away and tape the focus ring with tape.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    We were all hanging out in the parking lot at work. I bought enough eclipse glasses for the whole office plus a few visitors, and my more photography-minded coworkers did some very cool pinhole cameras. 😎

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    Steeplejack says:

    WTF?! Every time I make an eclipse comment, I discover there’s a newer thread.

    Except this time, I presume.

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    grandpa john says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: It didn’t get real dark until it was almost total

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    WaterGirl says:

    @LAO: I’m sure he thought it made him look manly. How could any woman subject her children to such a man as their father? Ugh.

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    Steeplejack says:

    The cicadas and birds have started up making noise again. They went quiet during the eclipse.

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    Mike J says:

    The old colander trick:

    My reply to a pic about the ISS transit is at 8 retweets, which for me is a huge number:

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    @WaterGirl: Thanks, that sheet of solar filter stuff came in handy.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: What’s that? I can’t hear you, I’m one thread over.

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    @Mnemosyne: I just took pics outside the cave, focused the camera on the Verdugos and put tape on the focus ring to keep it from moving.

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @jeffreyw: Thanks SO MUCH for the colander tip in the last thread. It made my whole afternoon. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to tell there was anything much even happening.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    My dumb Trump-voting cousin of course “liked” someone’s comment on Facebook about how great it would be if people prepared for Jesus’s return the same way they prepared for the eclipse.

    Last I heard, there was not a specific date and time for Jesus’s return like there was for the eclipse. Everyone who’s tried to claim that has been wrong. On the other hand, the eclipse happened at the exact time predicted, down to the minute. Gosh, I wonder what the difference between the two things is … 🤔

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    @jeffreyw: I think I may have mentioned it wrt shooting the Milky Way.

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    grandpa john says:

    @beth: Upstate here (Abbeville) We had scattered clouds early afternoon,but as temp dropped they went away. By the time it reach total, there wasn’t a cloud in sight.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    My coworker made a cool pinhole camera out of a long box and poked a bunch of pinholes in the end so we had about a dozen images of the eclipse inside the camera.

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    @Mnemosyne: If I recall the scripture correctly Jesus said “I will come like a thief in the night”. Most thieves don’t give you advanced warning.

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    Schlemazel says:

    Rain here so literally and figuratively a wash out. Maybe I’ll make it to 2024

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    frosty says:

    East of Nashville and the second most awesome thing was being outside and have the temp drop so much that I was comfortable. Hasn’t happened since we hit Kentucky 2 weeks ago.

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    Mike J says:

    @frosty: NWS Seattle recorded a 5°F drop to 61°.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Mnemosyne: Among the umpteen people I talked with at our viewing party was a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who started going into their spiel after a couple of minutes. Yes, you can borrow my glasses, but no I don’t want one of your pamphlets.

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    rikyrah says:


    I was thinking how much I miss our Nerd-in-Chief. Obama would have really made a big deal about this.

    He would have invited kids to the White House lawn.

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    Hkedi [Kang T. Q.] says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷: I woke up early and made a pinhole camera. nice little bite out of the sun. not enough to make any changes in the environment. Then I got my binoculars out to project the sun on a wall, didn’t see any sunspots, but I didn’t put it on a tripod or anything.

    I live on Maui

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    We only got like 75% in SW FL, but I caught a reflection through a pair of eclipse glasses and my crappy phone camera. Beautiful though!

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    NotMax says:

    @Hkedi [Kang T. Q.]

    Presume it was a circus atop Haleakala.

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    @Mnemosyne: They would probably mistake Jeebus for a terrorist, because he was afterall a middle eastern bearded and long haired dude (if later images are to be believed)

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    Did you see the eclipse in Hawaii?

    Someone please smack Goku on the back of his head for me.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Ha! Not something I think about when I’m closing in on a sammich kill shot!

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    @jeffreyw: How are the kittehs? You should post a group photo!

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    NotMax says:


    And more than likely – um – aromatic.

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    JPL says:

    Trump viewed the eclipse and his aides below yelled at him.. If this doesn’t pull up the pic go to drezner’s twitter feed

    We need Betty or someone to front page this.

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    Mike J says:

    @JPL: But momma, that’s where the fun is!

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    jl says:

    @LAO: Yeah, just saw pic of Trump staring at the sun, his wife there by his side with her solar viewing glasses. She had them off, and was looking away from the sun for a moment. News blurb says people were shouting at Trump to be careful. Yeesh.

    @JPL: that’s the pic I saw.

    Edit: in SF, had fog, so nothing unusual. Couldn’t tell the difference between darker due to an eclipse or thick fog. Great live feeds, though.

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    Juju says:

    I watched my hummies. They drank nectar like they were getting ready for bedtime. Then it started getting light again and now they are just doing their usual buzz fights and drinking.

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    🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷 says:

    Are you in Japan now? I know that a partial eclipse was visible in Hawaii around 6 AM

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    Hkedi [Kang T. Q.] says:

    @NotMax: True enough, even past the normal sunrise watchers. It’s annoying but needed that they set up the ticket system for the Haleakala sunrise.

    In my case I just viewed it from my lanai

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    Fair Economist says:

    @Gravenstone: definitely travel. Totallity is very different from even very very close. Also, it lasts longer.

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Mike J:

    Up to 18 now. You’re a superstar!

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    catclub says:


    Last I heard, there was not a specific date and time for Jesus’s return like there was for the eclipse.

    And the whole point of that is that you should change now, because that is the only way to be ready when it happens.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Why, I oughta . . .
    :: shakes fist ::

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    JPL says:

    It is not quite over here, but it is returning to normal temps.

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    At my library we kept getting calls about the solar glasses – we never ordered any, but the local news kept reporting we did – right up until 2 pm.

    Around 2:15 I looked at my co-worker at the desk. “The phones. They stopped.”

    She replied “Switch to rear deflectors, watch for enemy fighters.”

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    NotMax says:



    Kirk: Aft thrusters on full.

    Sulu: Oh, my.

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    Redshift says:

    Two bats started flying around overhead at the 81% maximum, and the crickets got really loud!

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    jl says:

    Well, Trump finally put on his eclipse glasses. Whew.. At least one Trump thing we don’t have to explain to the kids.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    According to her Facebook, the cloud cover outside my cousin’s office was too thick for her to see anything, but agnostic me had a perfect sunny So Cal day for viewing. Who does Jesus love now, honey! 😂

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    JPL says:

    @jl: His aides spent the morning explaining the importance of special glasses. They had him practice, yet still he had to take a peak.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    @JPL: in one of the pictures I saw, Trump and Melania are hanging out, waiting for the eclipse to begin, WITH Baron.

    The next photo is the official we-have-out-glasses-on-and-are-looking-at-the-sky shot, WITHOUT Baron.

    So sad, they felt they needed to shove him out of the way. No family togetherness. Guess it would detract from Trump’s showing off he has (in his view) a hot wife, the hottest wife.

    Can’t help but wonder what Baron makes of it.

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    hitchhiker says:

    Fun walking the dog thru Capitol Hill in Seattle for the 2 hrs it took to get from 0 our 92% ish and back again — every open space had crowds of people standing around with their glasses and pinhole cardboard thingies. Beautiful clear day & my favorite thing was all the crescent-shaped shadows where the light came thru the trees.

    I like to read about how the people used to try to make sense of eclipses. The Nat’l Geographic does a pretty good job here.

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    NoraLenderbee says:

    @bystander: Because it’s a really cool celestial event that is visible to the whole country? Did you have the same puzzlement when the Hale-Bopp comet came in 1997?

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    Ruckus says:

    Should have said, “Yes you can borrow my glasses but you have to shut the fuck up for 30 minutes.” A much more appropriate response in my mind.

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    JPL says:

    @Ohio Mom: Obama’s girls always wanted his hand and his heart. It’s apparent that Baron is used just for photo-ops. Maybe that type of parenting works, look at how Eric and Don Jr. turned out.
    okay, that was probably not the best example.

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    jl says:

    @JPL: Trump just had to get the best, most terrific, top view of the eclipse that no one else saw. Which would be blinding blurry glare that will damage his eyes. Hope he just took a glance. Though if people had to yell warnings at him, probably not.

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    NotMax says:

    @Ohio Mom

    Too intent on looking for the diamond ring.

    “Melania’s is yuuger, shinier and klassier. The best, believe me.”

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    TenguPhule says:

    @🌎 🇺🇸 Goku (aka The Hope of the Universe) 🗳 🌷:

    I know that a partial eclipse was visible in Hawaii around 6 AM

    I was stuck in a bus for the morning commute.

    I am bitter about that.

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    Sadly, north of Kansas City ended up being clouded over — although we did get glimpses of the sun durI got the partial phase. It also was only the second rainy day there in recorded history. I went about 5 miles south of St. Joseph in search of better weather, and the skies cleared in St. Joesph just before the corona.

    But still got 2:48 of full totality. It Is rather remarkable; a huge difference from the partial eclipses I’ve senn. I can see why some folks become eclipse chasers. Thanks to BJ for inspiring me to do a last-minute trip to see it.

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    Ceci n est pas mon nym says:

    (Tap, tap) Is this thread still on? (Blows into mic)

    It was almost completely overcast in Charleston till about 2:20. Then cleared just enough. You could see the sun with the bite out of it through the glasses, and totality was spectacular. Looked just like all those photos including the bright “diamond” as the light starts to come back.

    Then the storms hit and now it is pouring down rain and I waded through 6″ of water in my motel parking lot.

    The view was great to the (protected) eye but my iPhone looking through the glasses never got the crescent effect. It just looks like a fuzzy disk. I think I needed more filtering or control of the focus or exposure.

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    Wapiti says:


    Hope he just took a glance. Though if people had to yell warnings at him, probably not.

    It would suck if he can’t see the teleprompter in Phoenix tonight.

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    Greg says:

    Went to Onondaga Cave State Park. Did the cave tour and came out to perfectly clear sky. 2 minutes 4 seconds of totality. Amazing. Just amazing.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Ohio Mom: That child never looks happy, even mildly.

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    Aleta says:

    In Maine it was maybe 53, 57%, something like that. Surprised how beautiful it was. This a.m. I was so busy being disappointed (bc I didn’t take my friend’s invite to go visit her in s. Missouri) that I thought about skipping it.

    There was a gathering at the town park so I went. At the last minute Boy Scientist here made a hole in a long narrow box we had because we’d just finished putting together a portable sink this morning. His box worked great and he was a hit at the park and everyone also got glasses from the librarian. Except for getting into too many conversations about hospital empires and old dogs and NASA, it was nice, good view of the ocean whenever I took the glasses off. The guy sitting next to me on the picnic table pointed out that the eclipse crescent looked just like the cutout on an outhouse door from inside, which was uncanny accurate as soon as he said it.

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    @jeffreyw: I didn’t know you had a black kitteh.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    @Eric NNY: amazing!

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    Rand Careaga says:

    Late to the party, but I contrived to place myself in the path of totality—catching one of these has been on my bucket list since long before bucket lists were a thing—and I’m here to tell you that it was the coolest fucking thing I’ve ever seen, and I get all the senior discounts. One of those rare life events that lives up to billing. I am prepared to undertake a great deal of effort and expense, if necessary, to see another one.

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