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ThatDonGuy
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March 21st, 2017 at 7:37:50 AM permalink
Quote: RS

What's the difference between a normal eclipse and this super eclipse?


This is the first total eclipse - that is, one where the moon completely blocks out the sun and it actually gets dark - visible in the continental USA since 1979, the first visible in the eastern USA since 1970, and the first visible "coast to coast" since 1918. There was one in 1991 that was visible from Hawaii.
I vaguely remember watching TV coverage of the 1970 eclipse; NBC treated it like a moon landing.

In Las Vegas - in fact, in the vast majority of the USA - it will be only a partial eclipse.

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For those of you back east, planning to see it more locally, my advice is BOOK NOW. It is only going to get worse later.


The first thing I thought of when I saw the thread title was, "If you waited this long before mentioning the eclipse, you're not going to be able to find a hotel anywhere near the path of totality, or if you do, the cost will make New Year's Eve in Vegas seem like a bargain."

The "tent option" has one advantage; if you're somewhere where it's going to be cloudy, you can always pack up and drive to a clear spot to see it.


As for "two layers of welder's glass," the version I heard was, while this might work when looking at the sun under normal conditions, you don't want to do this during an eclipse; it has something to do with rays bouncing off the moon's surface that can get through the lenses and damage your eyes.
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March 21st, 2017 at 7:43:42 AM permalink
It would be more fun to watch the moon's shadow track across the earth from the ISS.
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March 21st, 2017 at 9:32:33 AM permalink
Quote: Ibeatyouraces

It would be more fun to watch the moon's shadow track across the earth from the ISS.


What does transportation and one night's lodging cost for that?
Ibeatyouraces
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March 21st, 2017 at 9:36:21 AM permalink
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What does transportation and one night's lodging cost for that?


Well, I think the people up there are actually getting paid for it. :-)
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March 21st, 2017 at 9:42:00 AM permalink
I booked a hotel in Hastings, Nebraska about 6 months ago for the event. Will be witnessing it with a high school friend who is both an amateur astronomer and photographer. (good combo for this!)

Going to fly in to Rapid City and visit Mt. Rushmore and then drive over for the event.
Ibeatyouraces
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March 21st, 2017 at 9:44:25 AM permalink
Just north of Kansas City is supposed to be a good location as well. And afterward, you can hit up the casinos.
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March 21st, 2017 at 11:26:18 AM permalink
The risk of booking early is the weather. No one can predict if any area will have thick clouds or rain that day. I think the move is to wait about a week before the eclipse and see what the weather is going to be closest to your location and drive with a hundred or so miles a couple days beforehand. You can then make a decision.
To book now is insanity. You are making a commitment and can easily get burned. The eclipse is nowhere near Las Vegas or Phoenix. Let's say it was. Even with an almost 80-90% of a sunny day you can get screwed. If August has one trait all over the country it's humid days with a decent chance of rain or thunderstorms. July would be a much more favorable month. Let's say you were in Rexburg last Summer on 8/21/16 and totality was between 1:10 and 1:25 pm. You are screwed my friend because there were thunderstorms during that time. 2015 between 4:51 and 5:53, mostly cloudy. 2014, overcast till noon. Pray for 2012, it was clear all day. Obviously it's a gamble everywhere in the US. You can use weather models to see which location has the highest chance of clear skies. The sky is going to go dark no matter what the weather is in the path of totality but to not be able to see the sun, the corona and "Baily's Beads" is going to be a huge disappointment.
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March 21st, 2017 at 11:48:23 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

I got a chuckle out of this. I know you are too intelligent to think this is what happens, you must have not been paying attention to what you were writing...



Not sure what you are referring to OG. Maybe you better re-read the whole sentence. Your snip left out some key words. hehe
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odiousgambit
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March 21st, 2017 at 12:26:03 PM permalink
>Not sure what you are referring to

the Moon will cast a shadow across the Earth, but not across the Sun. I suppose it is possible that your usage is still correct, but I don't think so. Seemed funny to me.
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March 21st, 2017 at 1:08:34 PM permalink
Quote: Doc

What does transportation and one night's lodging cost for that?



As I recall the going rate has been about 20 million. But for that you get something like 6 weeks of training and get to spend a whole week up there!

I looked a few months ago and saw that Casper WY was just about out of rooms.

It's more than a day's drive for me so as much as I'd like to see it I think I'll end up enjoying the partial.

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