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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

How was the eclipse for you?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (37529points) 3 months ago

Did angels sing? Did the dead rise? Were you raptured?

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Demosthenes's avatar

I noticed absolutely nothing. That is classic Demosthenes. :P

To be fair, I remember the partial eclipse in 2011 quite well. The lighting got weird, I saw crescent-shaped shadows of leaves on the ground, it was fascinating. Nothing like that happened this time, though. I was totally unaware of it, despite actually being outside.

janbb's avatar

I went to a music party on the boardwalk for it. Saw the beginnings there, wasn’t into the social vibes so I came home and saw the peak from my balcony. Maybe about 75% per cent of the sun was covered, it was interesting but not overwhelming. It was kind of a crescent sun. The earth didn’t go black, birds din’t stop singing and soon after the peak there was cloud cover. So I’d give it about a B but then my expectations weren’t too high.

SQUEEKY2's avatar

Toal over cast, and besides our neck of the woods it was only going to be 20% if it was clear.

jonsblond's avatar

It was close to 90% where I live in Wisconsin. I made a pinhole projector out of a cereal box and it was interesting to see, but I was more intrigued with how dark it got for us. My son and a group of his friends made a last minute decision late last night to drive almost 6 hours to Indianapolis to see totality. He said it was so worth it. He’s now in horrible traffic in Illinois trying to get home. That 6 hour trip is going to be much longer.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It got a little darker for about 15 minutes – but Atlanta is not anywhere near the main passage of the eclipse.

For us, nothing special.

janbb's avatar

@jonsblond But that’s so the kind of experience it’s worth having when young!

chyna's avatar

Wonderful here! It was clear and warm.

jonsblond's avatar

@janbb yes it is! Some of my favorite memories were road trips I took with friends when I was 20, and we didn’t even see an eclipse! :)

Kraigmo's avatar

I’m not really into eclipses unless it’s a 100% solar eclipse.
Anything else really is no different than cloud cover
The coincidences and billions of years of serendipity in our natural orbit that led up to this phenomenon are very interesting, though

LifeQuestioner's avatar

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I didn’t buy special glasses and just stayed inside. I would have made more of an effort if it had been a total eclipse, but I just couldn’t get excited about the partial eclipse. It was kind of cool to sit in my apartment with the balcony blinds open and watch the daylight go a bit darker and look a bit funny, but that was the extent of it. I did enjoy going on Facebook and looking at some of the funny memes though.

filmfann's avatar

Underwhelming, as expected.
I live in Northern Northern California. Even looking at the Sun through a welding mask.

MrGrimm888's avatar

Typical early spring day, here in Charleston SC.
Barely noticeable around 3:20ish.
Despite my live of science, and space, these events aren’t so important for me.

I do watch multiple meteor showers each year.
I was bouncing during the last one that came right over us. I demanded the day off, and laid in bed, in the cold dark ALL day. My boss later told me that they had a lot of problems that day, and they had a lot of trouble. I was like “uh yeah, thas why I didn’t work it.”

I’m glad others got to enjoy it.
Even though all the news photos show millions of people using their phones instead of actually watching something.

Caravanfan's avatar

In Fredricksburg Texas. Frakking amazing.

LadyMarissa's avatar

It was pretty much a dud here in North Georgia!!! We had a heavy cloud cover all morning. About the time it actually occurred the clouds looked ominous like we were getting to have a very heavy downpour. A few minutes later, the sun came out with a vengeance!!! Then we had bright sunshine until the sun actually did go down.

JLeslie's avatar

It was pretty much a nothing for me where I live. I was out driving when it was happening, just a partial here, but I did not have any eye protection to look up and see it. I did record the coverage for it on CNN, and I am going to watch it later. A friend of mine who lives about an hour away did get some photos of part of the sun missing. Very cool that so many people were able to experience the total eclipse.

RocketGuy's avatar

In San Jose we got 35% eclipsed. Made the best of it – used a colander to cast images of little crescents, took note of the dip in our solar panel energy production.

ragingloli's avatar

I only saw a photo of it

Blackwater_Park's avatar

I just got back, it’s 11:30pm, I left at 3:45 this morning. Well worth the trip. I let the weather reports determine my destination and just outside of Indianapolis did not disappoint!

jca2's avatar

I sat on my deck for about 20 minutes and my daughter was hanging out with me. We had the glasses. I didn’t take any photos because I knew there would be a lot of photos on social media, and also photos that I would take wouldn’t do it justice.

jca2's avatar

I should add that it didn’t get dark here. We had the crescent sun that @janbb described. The sky remained bright.

When we had the partial eclipse in 2017, it got dark for about five minutes. That was very cool.

Forever_Free's avatar

Absolutely amazing. I was in Plattsburgh NY. Center Line of totality. Huge crowd on the beach of Lake Champlain.
Well worth the efforts.

cookieman's avatar

It was very eclipsey. We almost got to totality with just a sliver of sun leaking out the bottom.

Strauss's avatar

Denver area here. Had about 65% coverage. Watched part of it with 10 y/o grandson, who is homeschooling this term. He was interested in the science behind it and I enjoyed helping him understand.

jonsblond's avatar

My son returned late last night. His drive from Indiana to Wisconsin took twice as long as it should have. What’s normally a 4 hour drive through central and northern Illinois took 8 hours instead. He said there was one point where they barely moved for 1½ hours on the interstate. He still had an amazing time though.

chyna's avatar

The next one is in 20 years. Hope to see you all back here discussing the eclipse again.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

^I wonder what Fluther will be like in 20 years.

kevbo1's avatar

Great show in the N Dallas area. We even enjoyed enhanced dramatic effects courtesy of passing clouds and a Pink Floyd tribute band. The energy of a crowd event for a total eclipse is completely uplifting.

JLeslie's avatar

I hope to still be here in 20 years.

jonsblond's avatar

@JLeslie My husband and I were discussing this today. We’ll be 74. I’d love to take a road trip to the Dakotas for this.

JLeslie's avatar

@jonsblond Seems like a good goal. What month is it supposed to be in?

RocketGuy's avatar

August 2044: https://nationaleclipse.com/maps/map_08232044.html I’ll be 80 years old by then. My dad is 85 right now, so 80 for me sounds possible.

Blackwater_Park's avatar

The one in 2044 is only hitting a couple of states. A year later we have another good one

janbb's avatar

I don’t expect to be around for the next one.

cookieman's avatar

Nnnnoooooo Penguin.

jca2's avatar

@janbb Ya might!

janbb's avatar

@cookieman I’m afraid if I am, i won’t remember what an eclipse it!

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