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2024 Solar Eclipse

The Chronicler

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Next Monday will be the day of a total solar eclipse that will pass through much of North America, from central Mexico, through the eastern United States, and up to the Atlantic region of Canada.

If you'd like to know how much of the eclipse you'll get to see from where you are, here's an interactive map I came across:
http://xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_eclipses/TSE_2024_GoogleMapFull.html
Just click on any point on the map and a box will come up showing exact times (UTC) to the second for that specific location when the eclipse begins, reaches maximum, and ends (as well as when totality begins and ends for locations within the path of totality).

My family and I happen to be lucky enough to live within the path of totality for this eclipse, but since we would like to gather in one place for the rare event, we have decided we will watch the eclipse from my brother's home rather than where I live, because he lives a little further north and will get three minutes of totality instead of just two minutes where I live. Even though it's typically only a half-hour drive and the eclipse won't happen until mid afternoon, we're planing to leave early in the morning so we won't have to worry too much about traffic. Best of all, the weather forecast for that day in our area is currently looking very favorable for clear skies, so let's hope that doesn't change.

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Enjoy the eclipse, folks! I won't be in America for it, sadly. Perhaps next time in Alaska :P

Be safe!


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not in an area where it'll be visible really.


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Well, looks like my family has a slight change of plans. My sister and her boyfriend were initially not going to join us because they had work on that day (they live too far south outside the path of totality). Well, turns out they will be able to visit on that day, but my place is as far north as they're willing to go to avoid getting into too much traffic on their way back after the eclipse ends.

So now I find myself with a choice to make. Do I go with my parents (and some other relatives) to my brother's house and risk getting stuck in traffic just to experience an additional minute of totality? Or should I just stay where I am, where my sister and her boyfriend will be, and take the opportunity to watch a total solar eclipse from literally my own backyard? Going with the first option means I get to experience this special moment with much of my family, while going with the second option means I get to experience this special moment from the house where I've lived for practically my entire life. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so I'll really need to think about this choice over the next few days.

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I am driving up to northern New York either Saturday or Sunday to see the eclipse.

I have the filters, a tripod and an SD card to capture the pictures.

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apparently all of the airbnb's in the path are filled up


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The family and I are planning on going to the same winery we went to for the 2017 eclipse. We had a good experience there and were able to talk to visitors from all around the world. I am not looking forward to the traffic though.  :sducky


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Well, looks like my plans are now finalized. My family and I will not be traveling anywhere, and will instead be watching the solar eclipse tomorrow from our home. My brother and his family will be staying where they are, but everyone else who wanted to join us will be gathering at my house rather than my brother's house. While this means we'll get to see the total eclipse for only two minutes instead of three, at least I'll have the literally once in a lifetime opportunity to watch this event from my own backyard.

Tomorrow's weather forecast for this area is expecting to be mostly clear with some clouds rolling in later in the afternoon, so I'll be holding out hope that those clouds stay away just long enough to allow us to personally observe the eclipse when it reaches totality.

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The eclipse has come and gone today, and I will say there's nothing like witnessing such an incredible celestial event from your own backyard.

During the partial eclipse leading up to (and following after) totality, I definitely used the solar eclipse glasses from the ten-pack I had gotten a few months ago to observe how much of the sun was covered up. I also used a pair of binoculars to project an image of the sun down onto a white paper plate so that I could take pictures of the partially eclipsed sun.

During the two minutes of totality, I took three pictures of the eclipsed sun, along with Venus that was visible to the lower right, but only the last of those three also included Jupiter to the upper left because I forgot about it in the prior attempts and essentially ended up rushing to get that last one taken before totality ended (the second picture ultimately came out the best, albeit hardly professional, while the third one in my effort to include Jupiter was unfortunately slightly blurred). Between taking those photos, I used the binoculars to get a better look at the sun's corona, and I was able to see a bright pink spot on the lower edge, which I later learned was a solar prominence, a special bonus I had really hoped I would get to see thanks to solar activity currently nearing the peak of its eleven year cycle.

As for the environment around me, we definitely heard several birds making a lot of noise in the minutes leading up to totality (including an owl). During totality and in the minutes following it, one rather unpleasant experience was so many mosquitos suddenly becoming active, so at least I'm glad I always wear a jacket whenever I'm outdoors. Also, we have a large tree in our backyard, but this early in spring means there's no leaves on it yet, so not only did it not obscure our view of the eclipse, it also gave us the opportunity to witness how funky the shadows of those bare branches on our deck got in the minutes before and after totality.

As much as I sure wished I could've gotten an extra minute to experience totality, I definitely enjoyed the once in a lifetime privilege to witness a total solar eclipse from my lifelong home, and I'm sure there were plenty of other people in the neighborhood who enjoyed it as well. I will now look forward to hearing from others both here and on other sites on what their experiences were like.

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One more thing from yesterday's eclipse that I forgot to mention.

Just before totality, we heard an airplane fly overhead, and shortly after totality, we saw someone descending via parachute from the sky over us. We later found out that, apparently, some adrenaline junkies had decided to observe the total solar eclipse while skydiving, and it seems one of them happened to be right over our home town. Kind of strange, but so long as they followed all safety procedures (both the skydiving itself and the observation of the eclipse), more power to them.

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I always wanted to see a total solar eclipse!! :)littlefoot I wasn't in the path of totality for this one, but traveling was well worth it. The photos used in news articles do no justice to the phenomenon. Standing under the "diamond ring" felt absolutely surreal, and having Venus so close by the moon and sun created an even more magical effect! And @The Chronicler I was so excited to see those solar prominences as well! What a perfect time in the solar cycle for a total eclipse! I'm glad you got such a great view of the event, and it's nice to see someone else was anticipating this as much as I was. For some reason I can't fathom, most people I know in person seemed to be pretty indifferent about it and certainly weren't interested in traveling to see it. Where are all the astronomy fans these days? Anyway, I'd love to see your photos! I didn't take any myself, having decided I preferred to be able to spend the event in the moment. It was even more incredible than I'd hoped, and I'm so happy I can finally say I've seen a total eclipse!!




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@RainbowFaceProtege While I do have the pictures saved on my computer, I honestly have no idea how I could share them here (at least not without needing to make an account on some photo sharing site, which I absolutely refuse to do). Besides, like I said, those photos aren't exactly the best, especially the last one taken during totality as I rushed to include Jupiter (successful, but blurry).

By the way, where approximately did you travel to view the eclipse? I happen to live in Vermont near Lake Champlain, so I was lucky enough that I didn't need to travel at all (although as I said earlier in this topic, I had considered visiting my brother who lives a little further north for the opportunity to get three minutes of totality rather than two).

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@The Chronicler I thought it was still possible to put photos in a post as an attachment, but you don't have to worry about it if you don't want to go to the trouble, of course.

I traveled to a park in Ohio that had one minute of totality, since I was afraid of running into heavy traffic if I went too far into the path. Thankfully, the trip went quite smoothly. It must've been neat to see two minutes, though, especially from your own backyard! I would've loved to have that option!