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chm270

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Many of you will be able to see this one, and many will only need to go a short distance for totality.
I'll have to settle for about 80%.
Here's a site with maps and times.
 
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People are going bat guano insane over this event. There are over a million extra people expected in the area here and every hotel room is booked for over a hundred miles away. Schools and public offices will be closed for the day and people are being urged to stay off the roads as much as possible. I work the afternoon shift and will need to leave for work an extra hour early to make sure I get there on time It is neat in some ways but for me it will be just another day at work...
 

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People are going bat guano insane over this event. There are over a million extra people expected in the area here and every hotel room is booked for over a hundred miles away. Schools and public offices will be closed for the day and people are being urged to stay off the roads as much as possible. I work the afternoon shift and will need to leave for work an extra hour early to make sure I get there on time It is neat in some ways but for me it will be just another day at work...
For many people, these are once in a lifetime events.
There is a huge difference between "mostly" eclipsed and totally eclipsed.
If you have never experienced one, it's well worth going out of your way to see.
Many people will travel thousands of miles to see these.
 
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The wife and I have planned a 14 hr road trip to go see it in TX (from CO). Although ANY excuse to take some PTO off work, and go on a 'road trip', is a good excuse, this is a pretty cool one!

I drove to the NE panhandle to see the last one. Once you experience totality, you want to do it again. It's hard to describe, but at least experiencing it in the middle of nowhere, with no buildings in sight, was amazing! The ranch we will stay at in TX should be a similar feel. Just gotta pray for good weather.
 
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A few years back the area of totality was only about 4 hours driving away. Along with two of my adult children, and their children, we all made the trip together. It was an amazing experience, even though the time of totality where we were was only about 2 or 3 minutes. Of course all of us wore the special, disposable, glasses so that we could look directly at the sun. This year we will travel about the same distance to see it, and made motel reservations for the night before so that we can avoid hours of driving that morning.

If you possibly can get to the area of totality I highly recommend that you do so. The only thing that can ruin the experience is if the day is overcast.

FWIW, be aware that being even slightly outside the 100% eclipse area negates the whole experience. Even being where it is 99%, the brightness of the sun will ruin what you will see. I know someone who lived "almost" in the 100% area for the last eclipse and thought that that was close enough. A half hour drive would have gotten him to the totality area but he didn't do it and later said that what he saw from where he was was nothing at all special and nothing like the images he later saw on the news from the area of totality.
 

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I went to dead center of totality with a friend back in '17. He'd been in one before so it was worth it for him to come up from New Orleans. He told me about what to expect, but it exceeded my wildest expectations. If you think it's nothing but it getting dark for a few minutes, then stay off the roads and let the rest of us enjoy it.

It's a total experience like nothing else in my entire life. There's just so much going on that your mind simply can't grasp it as it happens.

I was going to my son's house in Ohio where we could take a short drive to dead center, but he's just accepted a new job out of state so I don't know where that stands.

If you have the chance, don't miss it.

 

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I saw it many years ago, and used a "pinhole camera" to watch it. Essentially the image passes through a pinhole in some stiff paper and is projected onto another sheet of paper. Very cheap, but good for kids.
 

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I live in SW Ark and am gonna be in the middle of it. I'm gonna do a scientific investigation. I am gonna see if Turkeys will fly up to the roost, and possibly gobble before they fly back down. Bout most exciting thing I can come up with
 

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Several very important things:

1. Going only partway, even 99%, is like going to Disneyland or a ball game and stopping at the gate. Or going 100 miles to visit your girlfriend and stopping a block away. 100% totality is everything. You might even call it a spiritual experience, but it is one of the most awesome experiences you can have - in the literal sense of the word.

2. Avoid circus-like settings. In 2017 I travelled to Rexburg, Idaho, because it was in the very center of totality and had a duration of 2m 17s. I was on the top of a hill surrounded by about 100 people who were very respectful of the event. Yes, there was cheering and clapping and exclamations of wonder, but it added to the experience rather than detracting from it. In contrast, if I had gone to several previously-considered locations in Oregon, the experience would've been ruined by the circus-like wild-party large crowd atmosphere that lasted all through totality - as I learned from later TV news reports covering those areas. During totality, I think you really don't want such invasive crude distractions on what may be a once in a lifetime event.
 

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I went to one here in Central Oregon. Just the opposite of the Oregon ones described above. Absolutely dead silence. Nothing moved, birds didn't fly and the small crowd didn't make a sound. Spiritual is a good description of it. Eerie to say the least.
 

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Us here on the Northcoast will have 100%.
"They" … the media … are telling us to stock up on food, water, gas, etc as we're not going to be able to move because of the amount of people coming into town to view this thing. Hotels and restaurants have been booked for several years … it'll be an economic boon to our area, but what a farce that's being made.

There's people beside themselves panicking because of their sheep-like acceptance of what they are being told. Yup, they're the ones still wearing a mask while alone and driving a convertible, but they exist in more numbers than one would think!

It's also Opening Day for the Indians, err, whatever stupid name they're called this year, and they've changed the first pitch time to accommodate the darkness in the middle of the day.

Knowing our weather in April, watch, it'll be snowing with suicide grey skies and the sun won't be seen for days, eclipse or not …

Peace to y'all.
 
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