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Did you have a chance to witness the the eclipse?

Asked by pieceofapuzzle (194points) May 21st, 2012

It was overcast where I was. I watched it as I recorded it on my phone. It was a little anticlimactic but I was happy to know that I got to witness something that wasn’t going to happen again in my lifetime.

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augustlan's avatar

I completely forgot about it. :(

lillycoyote's avatar

No, I live in the mid-atlantic, U.S.A., near the coast. There was really nothing to view where I live. I did get to experience a full solar eclipse in Portland, OR in 1979 though. That may be the only chance I get in my life but I am happy to have had that opportunity.

ucme's avatar

Is that what it was, I thought the MIL bent over to do up her shoelace, it do go frightfully dark for a spell.

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serenade's avatar

I was in a prime viewing area and watched it. I was surprised that it didn’t create the crazy darkness that the one from my childhood created, and I chalked that up to the fact that it was near sunset (when the sun appears bigger) rather than midday (when a “smaller” sun would be more completely blocked). The whole thing would have been anticlimactic to the naked eye, but I was lucky to have generous “neighbors” with welder’s glass and the like to view the approach and ring of fire.

filmfann's avatar

Yes, we watched it yesterday, and now I have to post a question about dealing with sudden blindness.
It was pretty cool, though.

Charles's avatar

the fact that it was near sunset (when the sun appears bigger) rather than midday (when a “smaller” sun would be more completely blocked).

I don’t think the sun gets bigger or closer at sunset. I think it appears bigger as an optical illusion, therefore, the darkness you got in the late afternoon would be the same as if at high noon. For us it was 84% coverage and it appeared quite a bit darker than if there was no eclipse.

gailcalled's avatar

Sadly, we were not even in the path of the partial eclipse. I did see the real thing in 1970 and will never forget it.

DominicX's avatar

I completely missed it. I mean, I noticed that it was darker and the lighting was odd, but for some reason it didn’t register as an eclipse for me. I just thought it had to do with the sun going behind the hills. It wasn’t until it started to get brighter when I realized what it was. I can’t believe I was so oblivious to it >.<

zenvelo's avatar

My kids and I headed to the Berkeley Hills on a beautifully clear afternoon to see it, and we weren’t disappointed. We had something like 87% coverage here.

I made viewers with a couple old shoe boxes and pieces of a mylar balloon.

The most interesting for me was seeing the crescent “rotate” as the moon traversed the disk of the sun.

The light out was eerie, like the light was under-powered.

linguaphile's avatar

I was driving home from work with my daughter and saw the last part of it as part of the sunset.

I pulled over immediately and poked a hole in a piece of paper, then told BabyLingua to use the rearview mirror to look at it. Her expression of shock and wonder was irreplaceable.

Since it was a sunset, we were able to see it without it hurting our eyes for the last 5 minutes before the sun dropped beyond the horizon. It was wonderful!!

Patton's avatar

@Charles Um… @serenade didn’t say that the sun actually changed sizes. He said that it appears to change sizes. You know, like an optical illusion. You should probably read what people say before criticizing them.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Yes, one of my co workers had a strip of film you could look through and we saw it very plainly from outside our store.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, we were in a prime viewing area and the sun came in through the trees in my back yard. I got a hundred little eclipses on my curtain.

serenade's avatar

Turns out it’s because the moon is further away from the earth in its orbit.

victoriasalcedo9907's avatar

Yes, it was very beautiful :)

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