Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse-mania

The Pacific Northwest is enmeshed in eclipse-mania today. It's all anyone was talking about at church yesterday. I know people who have traveled to Oregon to get a sighting of it in its totality. Those "special glasses" are sold-out throughout the Seattle area. The solar eclipse begins just after 9 AM and is complete by about 11:30 AM, in my area. Will you be in a spot to catch this eclipse?

Update: !0:20 AM
The yard is eerily darkened. Everywhere there is semi-shade from trees, there are these crescent-shaped light patches. I noticed them first in the back yard, then went out in front and the same thing on the driveway and the lawn. thought I'd share --






Obviously, I'm photographing them from different angles. IRL, they are all aligned the same direction.


28 comments:

  1. We're going to see an 80% eclipse and it is all anyone talks about here also. There are special products (beer, makeup...), parties, and news pretty much everywhere. As for me, I think it will be a lawn chair on the deck. My husband is working from home today, so he will have a chance for a viewing. I'm excited, but I'm geeky that way and would have been excited without all of the hoopla.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      The fog has rolled in, here, which may put a huge damper on eclipse viewing this morning in my area, as the eclipse is supposed to be a morning event in the PNW. Did you happen to catch any meteor showers earlier in month? The Perseids? Now eclipse beer, I haven't heard of that one. That's capitalism, I guess.
      Enjoy the eclipse!

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    2. We had rain and clouds for the meteor showers. Some years we do see them, though.

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    3. Most years, August is a clear month for us in the PNW. Seeing the Perseids is a matter of getting up in the night, for me. Sometimes sleep trumps all else.

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  2. Good Morning and welcome back Lili!

    Our eclipse should start anywhere from 1:50 until ? but I have board meetings in the afternoon so I'll miss the entire thing. I'm kind of sad since this is probably once in my lifetime. Maybe we need to take a break. I'll see if that could work.

    Alice

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    1. Hi Alice,
      Thank you for the welcome! Maybe you can excuse yourself to the "ladies room" for a few minutes right around 2-ish? I think a break should be granted for this. Have a great day, Alice!

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  3. Good morning all. I think I am the opposite of most people. I think it could be interesting to view the eclipse (I am in the sciences) but I find it more interesting to observe the affects on animals and plants. I plan watching NASA live-stream. Just don't think the $$, time and crowds would be really worth it...at least for me.

    Lisa

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    1. Hi Lisa,
      My son is battling the crowds this morning, finding a spot to view in Oregon. He will have a miserable drive home tonight, I suspect. I'm happy to just watch from home. We don't have any pets, but I will be watching/listening to the birds during.
      Enjoy your NASA live-stream, Lisa!

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  4. Nice to hear from you! Sounds like a madhouse up that way. Hearing lots about it here but we aren't positioned as well. Starting here about 11:30 (CST) and I would like to be hiking then, but may need to take my cat to the vet so not sure exactly where I'll be. Have a great day!

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    1. Hi Cat,
      I hope your kitty is okay! It is kind of crazy, here. In Oregon, people have parked their cars along the sides of roads/highways, waiting for the eclipse, and troopers are having a tough time with them. I hope you have time for a hike today, Cat, Have a great day!

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  5. Here in Ohio, I think our eclipse will be around 2:00. We will almost have totality. Kentucky is supposed to have a bit better view. We know several people who have traveled to Kentucky to view the eclipse. My husband's job will take him to Kentucky today, and he thinks he will be at lunch at the right time to view it. My youngest son's high school is actually closed today due to the eclipse. That surprised me.

    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie,
      Wow, the school closed for the eclipse! Like a snow day, but for the Sun! If nothing else, I think the eclipse is a good diversion from other (more depressing) news. Have a great day, Angie!

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  6. I'm going to my daddy's farm to pay attention to the animals. I'm curious to see how they will respond, esp. the chickens. :-)

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    1. Hi Little Penpen,
      I wonder, too! If you get a chance, let me know what animals do when the eclipse darkens the skies. Enjoy the time out at your daddy's farm, today!

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  7. We are in a good place for totality, so they are warning about lots of traffic. I am at home as school is closed here. We have our glasses at the ready. Good to see you back posting, Lili.

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    1. Hi Belinda,
      Wow, this is surprising that schools would close. I remember an eclipse from my own grade-school days, and I do remember being in school that day, as we all got to go outside with our pin-hole cardboard viewers. Enjoy the eclipse!

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  8. We aren't in an are of totality but there is a ton of buzz about it. My friend works in a public library which got a grant for the special glasses. She got calls all week begging for glasses (it's supposed to be first come, first serve on the day of the event) which she has had to field. Crazy. We will be viewing it on tv. :)

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    1. Hi Kris,
      How crazy for your friend! We weren't in totality here, either, but the skies did darken and there have been crescent-shaped patches of light all over the yard, where there might otherwise be patchy sunlight from the trees. Enjoy!

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    2. My kids loved your crescent-shaped pictures. Thanks for sharing! We were overcast here. Thank goodness for tv coverage.

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    3. I'm glad they liked the photos, Kris. The crescents took me by surprise -- very interesting. Now life is back to normal, the daylight is bright and you wouldn't be able to guess anything had been different.

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  9. I had the big nerd glasses, a glass of iced tea and a chaise by the pool to watch it. I did watch until it was about 10 minutes beyond its peak, then I decided it was just too hot to continue watching.

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    1. Ha, ha, Anne! The mental picture of you by the pool with iced tea in hand and big "nerd" glasses is too funny! Were you in the path of totality?

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  10. that is so cool and also a little bit eerie. Thanks so much for taking the photos and sharing them. I didn't see anything like that in Alberta, but I did notice that I got quite bit of shade for a while.

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    1. Hi Jayne,
      I know, isn't that neat?! I think the "holes" between tree leaves acted like a pin-hole in a sheet of paper or cardboard for projecting the image of the eclipse onto the ground. In the Seattle area, the crescent images only lasted about 30 minutes, so unless you were outside and looking around they would be easy to miss. But it was a bit eerie. Frugal fun for the day.

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  11. We were very close to the totality path so went ahead and traveled north about 40 minutes. Thought we were going to miss it completely as serious thunderstorms came through this morning. Fortunately cleared enough for the viewing. It was awesome. I could not believe how dark it got AND the cicadas began their night time chirping! So glad I got to do it with my college age daughter as well. Great memories. Our school district did not cancel school but they did buy the glasses for all of the students and they got to watch it.

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    1. Hi KCMama,
      Oh what fun, and what a great way to spend some time with your daughter. I thought I might miss it as well, as when I woke up the fog had rolled in overnight. But it cleared up by about 8 AM. The birds quieted for about 30 minutes at the height of it. Otherwise I didn't notice any other effect in my area. Also, it was likely a good deal lighter where I am, than where you viewed it. How neat that the cicadas thought it was night!

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  12. That is weird, thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Glad you are doing fine.

    YHF

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    1. Hi YHF,
      isn't that neat how the light projects images of the eclipse? I hope all is well with you, YHF. Have a great day!

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