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Ayecarumba
June 2nd, 2017 at 9:05:17 AM permalink
There are casino chip collectors here, and if you are stamp collector, the USPS stamp commemorating the 8/21/17 total eclipse of the sun to be released on 20th June may me of interested to you. This stamp is unique because it will be a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it.

https://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2017/pr17_020.htm

WASHINGTON The Postal Service will soon release a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Eclipse of the Sun Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view this rare event, which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918. The path will run west to east from Oregon to South Carolina and will include portions of 14 states.

The June 20, 1:30 p.m. MT First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie.
Ayecarumba
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June 2nd, 2017 at 10:59:01 AM permalink
I'm planning to be in Idaho that day. BYU-Idaho is hosting a big carnival in Rexburg. I hope the skies are clear.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 11:02:51 AM permalink
Quote: Ayecarumba

I'm planning to be in Idaho that day. BYU-Idaho is hosting a big carnival in Rexburg. I hope the skies are clear.



Your odds will be quite good. I once rode my unicycle around that campus. I got the impression they didn't see that every day.
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June 2nd, 2017 at 11:15:41 AM permalink
Are you still planning to be in Boise for the eclipse Wizard?
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June 5th, 2017 at 7:14:56 PM permalink
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To help get the forum in the mood, here is a link to my blog entry about my last total eclipse: Total Eclipse.



Wizard,

I remember reading this blog when you wrote it. I decided then that I would have to see the eclipse in 2017. I was telling all my friends about it 8 years ago, and we all decided we would go to Carbondale, IL (site of longest totality) on 8/21. Well, of course, everyone backed out. So instead I'm taking my whole family.

It'll be me, my wife, my 6 year old and my 3 year old. It's crazy to think that when you wrote that post, they weren't even born, and I wasn't even married!

I also booked a room for my parents, my sister, my brother and his family. I'm so excited for this trip, it'll be something we will remember the rest of our lives.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for getting me interested in this. I know it would have to be a flight, but I do have an extra room in Carbondale if you need somewhere to stay. (No charge for you of course)

Thanks again, I can't wait for 8/21.
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June 5th, 2017 at 7:41:54 PM permalink
I likely will take in the Eclipse in Portland as my brother-in-law's home is there, and then head down to Salem to watch it there before heading back down the coast home.
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June 5th, 2017 at 7:45:27 PM permalink
Will this be visible at all from Vegas? If not, how far north does one have to go to see even some of it?
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June 5th, 2017 at 7:51:12 PM permalink
2 hours and 44 minutes beginning just after 9:09AM and ending around 11:52am with the maximum around 10:27. Coverage is more than 72%. But nothing like a total eclipse.
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June 5th, 2017 at 8:15:25 PM permalink
I see a total solar eclipse all the time. I call it "night" :-)~
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June 5th, 2017 at 9:04:38 PM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

Quote: Wizard

To help get the forum in the mood, here is a link to my blog entry about my last total eclipse: Total Eclipse.



Wizard,

I remember reading this blog when you wrote it. I decided then that I would have to see the eclipse in 2017. I was telling all my friends about it 8 years ago, and we all decided we would go to Carbondale, IL (site of longest totality) on 8/21. Well, of course, everyone backed out. So instead I'm taking my whole family.

It'll be me, my wife, my 6 year old and my 3 year old. It's crazy to think that when you wrote that post, they weren't even born, and I wasn't even married!

I also booked a room for my parents, my sister, my brother and his family. I'm so excited for this trip, it'll be something we will remember the rest of our lives.

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for getting me interested in this. I know it would have to be a flight, but I do have an extra room in Carbondale if you need somewhere to stay. (No charge for you of course)

Thanks again, I can't wait for 8/21.



You're very welcome! I'm glad my writing about total eclipses for eight years now has interested a few people.

A word of advice, make sure your 3-year-old has used the bathroom before the big event. My kids were 3, 7, and 10 at the time of the 2009 eclipse. Naturally, the three-year-old had to go to the bathroom just as the sun was minutes away from totality. She was screaming her head off too. Mrs. Wizard kindly missed out on most of the totality to take her to the bathroom at a nearby KFC. She said several women were in there hiding from the eclipse, fearing it was dangerous. Maybe they were pregnant.

Thanks for the room offer. My plans to view it in western Idaho are quite firm.

I hope you'll share your story of the experience after the fact.
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