The eclipse..

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TerryMiller

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Buying Solar Viewing glasses? Test them first. Most are made in china. How to test:

1) Look at a 60 to 100 watt bulb, if you can see it with the glasses even up close, if you should only see the filament or LED at a close distance, you are probably OK.

2) After that check out the Sun, it should appear as a dim disc, perhaps orange in color with no discomfort.

Same goes with your Camera, an eclipse can do much damage to your camera, get a special filter.

Which is why I won't even try to take pictures of the eclipse. First of all, I'm not excited about the eclipse and secondly, I won't risk either expensive lenses or cameras getting the shot.

Like others here, I'll just live that day just like any other one.

At best, I might celebrate the event by remembering the one that created the universe which is so perfectly tuned for such events and for mankind to be able to exist.
 

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Now, one thing that's really pretty cool is seeing an eclipse from a plane if you've never done that.

So back in 2017 I was getting sent cross country to Portland on a project with travel being on the day of the eclipse. Couldn't really do much about that part, but I did get to pick my flights. So I wound up doing a bit of homework on the projected pathing and timing of the eclipse compared to the available flights and pathing for those and wound up settling on a flight plan that crossed the eclipse path --- somewhere over Idaho or something if I remember right. I'd calculated this down to what side of the plane would probably give me the best view.

It was not a perfect bit of choreography --- the effect was very noticeable, but definitely not as distinct as being on the ground. I'm sure 38k of elevation makes a difference. But it was pretty cool to see view out of the windows get dark and then light again. Not as much of a "giant shadow going across the landscape" as I kind of pictured it might be, but pretty cool nonetheless.
 

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It is kinda cool, I guess. Just the chance of 3 objects, so far apart and lining up so perfectly. But, I can't get real excited about seeing it.

Definitely a boost to some economies. All hotels are sold out along the totality path. Checked with a hotel we frequent in a small, central Texas town; last Sept a room was $79, this weekend is $299 and sold out. That is a good shot.
 

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