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    American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    I have always been interested in Astronomy. I spent time on a cold mountain with my brother as he took photos in his frankenstein telescope.

    Of all the events which fascinated me, most are eclipses.

    Suppose because they do not take close observation but like a show for the masses.

    Observed several partial solar eclipses. Of course one cannot just look at the Sun so to look at one must use a filter.

    Once observe it thru a welder's hood. One can indirectly observe it by punching a hole in a dark paper or cardboard.

    One day standing near a tree the crescents appeared in the light crescents spaces underneath the tree. I've taken mirrors and reflected the crescent Sun on walls.

    Now here I am all giddy

    Sky and Telescope

    Lucky me now. In my back yard, I could see the Sun 97% covered.

    97% is not good enough as it isn't far to get a 100% experience

    I will be in the center of the direct line

    track

    This is so great. I could go to places far from noise and possibly observe what is going on in a natural setting.

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    We are looking at options for where to watch it. If we are still in Colorado in August we will find some place along the path between Casper and Grand Isle.
    Back in the 70s, I hitchhiked from Florida out to Eastern Washington to catch an eclipse. Turned out the whole area was socked in with clouds during the event.
    We figure to keep an eye on the weather and pick some place at the last minute where chances are best to see clear skies.

    Several other possibilities are Grand Teton Park in Wyoming, or up north of Idaho Falls.
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    Re: American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    Looks like I'll be roaming up to Oregon about that time and making sure I'm far enough inland to avoid clouds.

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    Maybe we ought to all get together for an Eclipse party somewhere on the path.
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    Re: American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    Some years back I was lucky enough to watch a total from the roof of the building a worked in - many people had made the trek down to Cornwall to be in the "perfect" position and saw nothing through the clouds, I was in the centre of London and had an excellent view :-)

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    And I thought this was about Russia and China eclipsing America as a world power............sorry.
    I thought I knew more than this until I opened my mouth

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    Re: American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    Quote Originally Posted by LarsMac View Post
    We are looking at options for where to watch it. If we are still in Colorado in August we will find some place along the path between Casper and Grand Isle.
    Back in the 70s, I hitchhiked from Florida out to Eastern Washington to catch an eclipse. Turned out the whole area was socked in with clouds during the event.
    We figure to keep an eye on the weather and pick some place at the last minute where chances are best to see clear skies.

    Several other possibilities are Grand Teton Park in Wyoming, or up north of Idaho Falls.
    I just might have to go visit friends in Idaho Falls or Wyoming. Hey, I still own 80 acres on a mountain top south of Jackson Hole, I could have a party there!

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    It's Trump's doing. He's arranged it all to sabotage the Solar Power cartells.

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    Re: American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    It looks like it will be a no show in my area. I hope you get a good view, Tude Dog and good weather!

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    Re: American Total Solar Eclipse' of 2017

    I could drive up to Wyoming, or even catch it in Oregon with my sister. But that's when we start school, so I guess I'll be watching it from YouTube. I got to see one in Phoenix back in the 80s, though, so I know how cool it is. (Also, I can't show video of it in my classroom. It's taboo for Navajos!)

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