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Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« on: August 21, 2017, 05:55:14 PM »


Southern Monroe county will be part of the totality in the next big U.S. solar eclipse coming in 2024:








https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_April_8,_2024
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2017, 07:39:33 PM »

So if this is once in a lifetime.....  how come it is happening again in 2024?
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2017, 07:55:33 PM »

You saying the media spoofed us?
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2017, 08:41:59 PM »

Marketing perhaps?

I just don't see how it is once in 100 years when it is happening again in.....

Oh - never mind. 

Hope people flock to MONROE to enjoy the 5 minutes.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2017, 09:37:10 AM »

I happened to be about 5 miles outside of the 60 mile band width of totality when it came through, and saw 99.7% of the full affect.  Much to do about nothing I thought......could feel the temperature dropping as it approached and to the total point,,,,,maybe 10 degrees of so over a 3 minute span.  Nowhere near total darkness......I'd compare it with late dusk after the sun drops behind the horizon.

It did confuse the Turtle Doves......they went into their roosting calls, and the cicadas chimed in loudly as well.

The most interesting in this rural area of Southern Illinois was to see the traffic congestion.  It definitely drew people into the area.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2017, 10:00:18 AM »

I was listening to The Highway on sirius.  The idiot they have as a DJ type guy was in Nashville really hyping it up.  Talking about how dark it was how the animals and birds were going nuts etc etc.  What a bunch of crap.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2017, 11:35:27 AM »

I happened to be about 5 miles outside of the 60 mile band width of totality when it came through, and saw 99.7% of the full affect.  Much to do about nothing I thought......could feel the temperature dropping as it approached and to the total point,,,,,maybe 10 degrees of so over a 3 minute span.  Nowhere near total darkness......I'd compare it with late dusk after the sun drops behind the horizon.

It did confuse the Turtle Doves......they went into their roosting calls, and the cicadas chimed in loudly as well.

The most interesting in this rural area of Southern Illinois was to see the traffic congestion.  It definitely drew people into the area.

We were just north of Cave-In-Rock, IL for the eclipse yesterday in a huge private campground with only a handful of others.  It's right on the Ohio River across from Kentucky and we were literally feet from the Eastern-Central Time Zone line.  Someone had an app on their phone and calculated that we would be 17 seconds short of the full eclipse and one group actually packed up and left so they could go a few miles south into Kentucky to get 'closer'...   she was a professional photographer and wanted the 'ultimate' photos.  Those of us that were left just kind of chuckled that 5 years from now no one who sees her photos will know the difference in that few miles.

Fuzz, it was definitely that last .03% that made a lot of difference.  There was an absolutely stunning 'halo' around the moon and then at the second the moon started to uncover the sun there was what many were referring to as the 'diamond ring' effect...  the ring was still there and then the diamond popped out on the ring and then it started to get brighter out very. very fast.

We did feel some drop in the temperature although it was about 93 degrees out and the humidity had to be at least that...   so much water in the air that it held the temperature better than dryer air would have. 

We had left our dog tied outside but where we could still see him and he didn't even seem to pay much attention.  Another dog that was there got a lot more excited. 

We had some cloud coverage and there was actually a thunderstorm going on in Shawneetown just up the river 11 miles.  We had a huge wall of clouds just that way and just a few little wispy ones drifting around the sun.  They stayed away from the sun until about the last 2 or 3 minutes and at that point most everyone had stopped watching anyway.  Some people left immediately and there was a huge traffic jam on Illinois Route 1 from the ferry on the river right on up the highway. 

I couldn't get my phone to take decent pictures but one of the guys that was there had bought an app for his phone so he could put a filter (he used a pair of the glasses) and still be able to focus.  He got several hundred photos and some were awesome.  He is going to email me a link when he gets them sorted out.  If he will let me share them I'll figure out how to post them somewhere (not on PhotoBucket)!!!

Interestingly enough the 'next' once in a lifetime eclipse will also be a total eclipse here again before it heads to SE Michigan and NW Ohio.  I am predicting right now that some of the islands in Lake Erie will have so many visitors that the islands will 'turn turtle' and roll right over ;) ;) ;)  Hopefully we're both healthy enough still to be able to return right here for that eclipse.  I told the campground owner that I wanted to 'reserve' my same spot again ;) ;) ;)

I had to correct some of my geography above...   we were on the Ohio River...   As i was typing that we had just been talking about going north to Peoria and on then to Henry before turning east toward home.  As Fuzz knows Henry is on the Illinois River but it has crossed Illinois and merged into the Mississippi north of where he is.  The Ohio definitely is the boundary between Illinois and Kentucky. 

I hope there weren't any high school students using my post for a reference ;) ;) ;)

Interesting that most of the schools have already started in that area although most were off that day so students could 'observe' the eclipse from their viewing point of choice.



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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2017, 01:57:28 PM »

That's interesting!  I think the closest center line of totality nearest me was Carbondale, IL and the width of the path was 60 miles.  I was right at 50 miles from Carbondale, so 20 miles to the closest band of totality.

I guess I was expecting a lot more.......like near total darkness but like I said, it was about as light as just pre-dawn and post-dusk.

Sounds like a cool experience for you......you should have let me know you were around, I know some "Shiners" down near where you were.  LMAO
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2017, 07:35:43 PM »

Does anyone know of any pets that went blind?

The radio was soooooo worried about that.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2017, 08:11:17 AM »

Does anyone know of any pets that went blind?

The radio was soooooo worried about that.

I would think animal are smart enough not to stare at the sun...

now people...   not so much :( :( :(

That's interesting!  I think the closest center line of totality nearest me was Carbondale, IL and the width of the path was 60 miles.  I was right at 50 miles from Carbondale, so 20 miles to the closest band of totality.

I guess I was expecting a lot more.......like near total darkness but like I said, it was about as light as just pre-dawn and post-dusk.

Sounds like a cool experience for you......you should have let me know you were around, I know some "Shiners" down near where you were.  LMAO

The crew that ran the campground were maybe even some of the same people you know...   definitely not a problem finding 'shine' in this area.  Fortunately I am finally realizing my physical limitations for things like that and I have definitely slowed down a bit!!!

We spent some time driving around the back roads and this is certainly a great location and the geography for that kind of an operation.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2017, 08:27:24 AM »

There were a few different groups of us in this huge open meadow watching the eclipse.  As the event was nearing totality I had a good chuckle...

one of the groups south of us had been playing music all morning and afternoon leading up to the 'main' event.

Then as things were getting definitely darker I heard their music change to Pink Floyd and the Darkside of the Moon.

I walked down later to compliment them on their timing but they had already left to 'beat' the traffic...

we found out later though that they were the traffic!!! 

In that area there just are not many parallel shortcuts you can take!!!

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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2017, 10:21:52 AM »


Looks like you will have to be south of Luna Pier to experience 100% totality:






https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/map/2024-april-8
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2017, 10:16:18 PM »

Much ado about nothing. 

I'm way more interested in the asteroid that will pass between the moon and Earth over Labor Day.  A 2 mile wide chunk of rock, travelling a couple thousand mph.  Just hope NASA has the trajectory calculated right or we could be in very deep doo-doo, as in gone in 60 seconds.

CL and I went shopping.  Wally World was empty, we figured it right.  Got home at 2:30pm went in the shop, grabbed my welding goggles, took about a 15 second gander at the eclipse, handed them to CL, she looked and we went about our business.

Just another day in Moron County with all the morons.
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 10:18:12 PM »

Southern Monroe county will be part of the totality in the next big U.S. solar eclipse coming in 2024:








https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_April_8,_2024

I'm so excited, I could pee my pants..... ;D
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Re: Solar eclipse - April 8, 2024
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 09:53:59 AM »

Here are a couple of articles on the general area where we went for this one about being in the cross path for both eclipses. 

http://fox2now.com/2017/07/14/carbondale-il-at-center-of-not-one-but-two-total-solar-eclipses/

http://time.com/4904765/solar-eclipse-crossroads-carbondale-illinois/


In 2024 the campground where we were this time will still be in the path of total coverage although not as close to the center line as it was Monday. 

We made 'tentative' reservations to go back for the next one...   I told the campground owner I even wanted the same site again.  I say tentative because the man that owns the campground is about 9 months older than I am.  I assured him that if we were still alive and healthy enough to travel we were planning on being there. 





We won't have to make a special trip for the 2024 event since that's about when we would be on our way back from Florida...   we'll just have to make a wider swing to the west rather than driving up I-75 (I'm getting tired of that drive anyway)!
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