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#4644915 - 04/09/24 12:07 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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HAHA LOSERS!!! unless you have a window seat and that's still not guaranteed

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#4644924 - 04/09/24 12:07 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: Wigean]  
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Originally Posted by Wigean
Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
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No eclipse here..



Not even a total eclipse of the heart?


Or, was it Lost in France?


It's a heartache, holding out for a hero ... biggrin


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#4644925 - 04/09/24 12:11 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: BUFF]  
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Originally Posted by BUFF
Originally Posted by Wigean
Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy
No eclipse here..



Not even a total eclipse of the heart?


Or, was it Lost in France?


It's a heartache, holding out for a hero ... biggrin


Well played Buff and Wigean. smile


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#4644928 - 04/09/24 12:59 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
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Originally Posted by Wigean
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No eclipse here..


Not even a total eclipse of the heart?


Or, was it Lost in France?


It's a heartache, holding out for a hero ... biggrin


Well played Buff and Wigean. smile


What are y'all on about?

#4644930 - 04/09/24 02:30 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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#4644931 - 04/09/24 02:37 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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A lot of this excessive buzz about the eclipse reminded me of what happened for Y2K.


The Romans figured human nature all out well over 2,000 years ago.

"Panem et Circensis".


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#4644933 - 04/09/24 03:38 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Last night, looking up at the sky, I saw something far more amazing than an eclipse. I noticed a bright, fairly slow moving light gliding across the sky. For about five to ten seconds I figured it was some sort of plane, until the glow fizzled. What I was watching was a massive meteor of some sort--the biggest I had ever seen. Pretty wild. Seeing how I'm out on the high plains desert right now, I'm not surprised there is a mention of this at all, anywhere.

#4644935 - 04/09/24 03:42 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy


What are y'all on about?

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#4645052 - 04/11/24 10:27 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Jackman, ME was dead in the middle of the zone of totality, with 3:28 totality. So I figured “what better place to view from than the summit of a mountain?” The main problem in deciding which one was access - we’re right in the middle of “mud season” so a lot of the dirt logging roads that lead to most trails are gated to prevent damage. Roads that aren’t gated are still often in fairly bad shape but may not have any active cutting, or people live along them. So I did quite a bit of browsing maps to find a good peak, and a pretty good bit of driving to check road conditions.

From April 3 to 6 we got a foot or so of heavy, wet snow, and that changed almost everything. Some previously passable roads now weren’t plowed, others that had been wet before were bogs now because the snow melted almost immediately. Plus, a woman I know mentioned to me that a friend of hers (Stuart) from England was coming to visit and that he REALLY wanted to go snowshoeing for the first time. So now I had to find a good trail for us to do, and one to view the eclipse from. For our hike I ended up picking a mountain called Pleasant Pond Mtn, about 35 miles away in the town of Caratunk. It was pretty short at only about 3.3 miles out and back (don’t want to overdo it with a first-timer, even if he is a hiker), and even more importantly, the road was easily passable to just a couple hundred yards from the trailhead. The trail is part of the Appalachian Trail, so Stuart can say he hiked a tiny bit of what’s probably the most iconic hiking trail in the world.

Sunday morning I picked Stuart up at 8, had him try out a few pairs of snowshoes to see which ones he liked best, and realized I should have asked his shoe size the day before because his UK size 8 (US size 7) boots were a little small for the men’s snowshoes I’d brought. A non-girly-colored pair of women’s ‘shoes I have would have been better. But he said he’d make do and we were off.

45 minutes later we got to the trailhead, skies were overcast and the temp was in the mid-20s. The first 1/4 mile was crusty snow that grabbed your snowshoes when you lifted your feet, but we’d soon gained enough elevation to where the snow hadn’t gotten very wet the day before. There were 2 other sets of snowshoe tracks, and we shamelessly took advantage of the effort those hikers put into breaking trail for us. (Actually we stepped in the spaces they hadn’t, to finish up the trail.) There were several massive blowdowns we either went under or around, and one tree that had fallen onto a rockpile forced us to climb on some of its limbs with our snowshoes on. The clouds were breaking up, I’d already taken my softshell jacket off because I was sweating enough to fog my glasses, and soon I took off my lightweight wool shirt as well and was just in a short-sleeve synthetic T-shirt.

The snow was almost perfect, fluffy and not sticking to our snowshoes and adding weight. When we got near the summit I’d say cloud cover was only about 25%, and before long we heard voices ahead. Suddenly the trees opened up and we caught up with the people ahead of us, a man named Wade and a woman named Lauren who’d camped overnight at the lean-to near where we started. Another minute or 2 of hiking and the trees opened up, with an amazing vista laid out before us. We stopped for a few to look and take pics, then moved on to the summit for more viewing & pics, then went another couple hundred yards for the last one.

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The trip down was nowhere near as good, the bright sun was melting the snow in the trees and it fell on us as water drops and slush. We were getting soaked, and the snow on the trail was getting very wet as well. It was much more slippery so we had to be very careful. Eventually we got back to my pickup, to find 6 or 7 people getting ready to hike up. They asked if they’d need snowshoes or microspikes, I said definitely bring spikes but honestly the snow is so nasty right now that I wouldn’t go up. But I can understand not wanting to just leave after driving for however long, and maybe everything in the trees had already fallen on us. We headed back to town, Stuart’s calves were killing him from not being accustomed to carrying several extra pounds on his feet and my bum knee was a little stiff. Keeping it basically motionless while driving didn’t help!

I’d planned on going back up the mountain Monday to view the eclipse but the number of people there on Sunday, along with trail conditions, made me change my mind. So Monday morning I headed about 15 miles south, turned onto an open logging road, and drove about 12 miles until I saw a mountain with what looked like some open southwest facing areas just below the summit. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and the temp was around 50F.

I parked on the edge of the road, strapped on snowshoes, shouldered my pack, and started bushwhacking up the mountain. It was around 1300, and I had about 1.75 miles to go to the spot I wanted to view from. The somewhat sparse hardwood forest near the bottom of the slope soon turned to dense, tangled evergreens, making for very slow going and preventing me from traveling in anything like a straight line. After an hour I’d only gone 1/2 mile and there was no way I’d make it to my spot in an hour, so I found a decent spot, inflated my little pillow for the rock I’d be sitting on, and got everything ready. Welding helmet filter glass? Check. Digital camera? Ch- wait a minute, why aren’t you turning on? I just charged your battery the day before yesterday! So I was stuck with just my cell phone.



Around 75-80% totality it had gotten really chilly so I pulled my down jacket out of my pack and put it on. A little after that I realized the light was getting noticeably dimmer. Soon it was more like a particularly bright full moon. Even at about 98% totality the filter was necessary, then suddenly the moon covered the last bit of the sun and it was dark! Not like nighttime, the horizon was still orange-purple like the sun had just set, but definitely weird in the daytime. It was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen! Totality was maybe 3:20 here, and obviously I spent it taking pics and video. Suddenly it started getting brighter, I packed up and headed down a different way that looked (and was) a lot easier. By 1630 I was back at my pickup, by 1715 I was at the highway back to Jackman, now packed with about 70 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic. Our little 800-person town had had an estimated 30K visitors to the area. Everything went very smoothly, though, and I hope some of them come back for other things we’re known for!





Phil

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#4645054 - 04/12/24 06:47 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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WOW NH! Amazing videos and beautiful photos of the snow country.

Thank you ver
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#4645055 - 04/12/24 07:38 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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#4645057 - 04/12/24 10:22 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Maine is like a different planet from Florida. biggrin

Great post NH2112!


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#4645132 - 04/12/24 10:46 PM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Maine is like a different planet from Florida. biggrin

Great post NH2112!


Thanks! I guess snow and mountains are about as not-Florida as it’s possible to be LOL


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#4645220 - 04/15/24 02:02 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Got to see the total eclipse in 2017 in Carbondale IL. While there, it was partly cloudy and right when totality was about to happen--the clouds broke! We got the full total eclipse unimpeded for about 3 minutes. It was spectacular being my first total one. The temp was like 905 F and when at totality it dropped to like 70. The crickets started chirping, the birds went silent, and it was dark like sunset. My wife was pregnant at the time when we saw the eclipse and when we found out that there was going to ab another one in the exact same city in 7 years, we made a promise to ourselves to bring out child to see it.

Fast forward to 2024--and we accomplished our mission. Our son had just turned 6, and the path of totality actually brought it closer to us than in 2017. So we headed out to Indianapolis and found a small schoolyard in a small suburb to view it in, away from the crowds. This time totality was 4 minutes and change, and the entire time from before and after, there were no clouds in the sky. This time, the temperature didn't feel like it changed, but it was already cool (70) to begin with. No crickets chirping, but it's April...but the stars came out as the sky got dark. It was amazing and I'm so glad our son got to see it.

Someone said earlier that the next total solar eclipse in the US is in 2044. That is partially true. There is another one in March 30, 2033 but it is in Alaska in a remote part where this is little infrastructure and very cold. But the next lower 48 total eclipse is in 2044, but you will ahve to go to the Dakotas area. This eclipse will be a little more interesting in that it happens around sunset, so the views may be different!

There is a total solar eclipse in 2026, but it is in Spain. This is fortunately around the time we are in Europe visiting with family so we plan to make this our 3rd solar eclipse. I've seen one partial solar eclipse too, on May 10, 1994, which was pretty scary to me because it was the same day that convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed in our home state of Illinois. That was kind of creepy...!

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There is a total solar eclipse in 2026, but it is in Spain. This is fortunately around the time we are in Europe visiting with family so we plan to make this our 3rd solar eclipse. I've seen one partial solar eclipse too, on May 10, 1994, which was pretty scary to me because it was the same day that convicted serial killer John Wayne Gacy was executed in our home state of Illinois. That was kind of creepy...!

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It will be 90% in the UK in 2026.
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#4645230 - 04/15/24 10:37 AM Re: April 8th Solar Eclipse [Re: BUFF]  
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Our next total eclipse is 2090!



Stonehenge will be quite busy that day!


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