Kirk Wood

Total Eclipse Weekend, Aug 18 -22, 2017

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There is a post in the volunteers wanted forum related to a host for an eclipse weekend event near Bend, OR and I've been seeing similar reports for special events that weekend from all around the US. I just did a Google search for the event andI find a series of special events planned for many different areas, all proclaiming themselves as the best place to be for that big event. So this leaves me wondering, does anyone know why the different areas and what makes each one believe that their location will be best? 

EDIT: In digging further, I just found this site that lists the path of the complete eclipse shadow, should you be interested. 

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What makes it the BEST.  Well everyone who is selling something is always the best.

The BEST place to see the eclipse:

--  The desert..  Most likely to have clear sky to actually see the eclipse

--  Some place within about 20-30 miles north or south of the center line of the eclipse.  The closer to the center line the longer you will have to see the full eclipse.  The max number of minutes for total eclipse if you are exactly at the centerline is about 2 minutes and 2 seconds.   I think the farther east you go the time increases by some several seconds.

For very specific info about location and just how long you will have to view the total eclipse go to:

--  First page and click on the state you are interested in

-- That will take you to a listing of the States.  On the upper right corner of the page is a map of the state, click on the map

--  If you clicked on the Oregon map you will see a map of the state with a listing of all the locations you can view the eclipse.

--  From the Oregon map, if, for example you clicked on the town of Mitchell   you will see a page showing the start time of the eclipse and the more info for Mitchell.

--  For some more excellent detailed info once you are on the  town of Mitchell  page, look at the map to the right of center: Xavier Jubier's interactive map of the path near Mitchell  and click on Launch a full-screen version of the above map! 

--  Once you are on the full-screen version of the map, you can zoom down on the map to see local roads and if you continue zooming down you will see some of the National Forest roads.  Clicking anywhere on the map will bring up a popup box showing the exact times of the eclipse.  Note: the times are in UT (Universal Time) so you will need to find out how many hours to subtract from the UT time to determine the local time. 

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We once visited Greenwich and stood on the line that represents the Prime Meridian. It was a timeless experience.

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Guess I won't get to see it. That weekend I am going to be in NE Ohio at a family function. Oh well.......

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11 hours ago, Mntom said:

Guess I won't get to see it. That weekend I am going to be in NE Ohio at a family function. Oh well.......

You can still see it . But , it just won'y be a TOTAL eclipse from NE Ohio .

We'll be in North Cental Illinois ( a bit closer to the 'line' ) and it looks like we'll see about a 92% eclipse . 

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One thing everyone has to remember when planning their trip is the weather. The Eclipse will take place rain or shine. Seeing it in the rain will be quite different than seeing on a bright sunny day. In the 1990's I was on Oahu when the Total Eclipse came over the Hawaiian Islands. Amazing experience. There were scattered clouds that morning, but thankfully no liquid Hawaiian Sunshine.

 

Rod

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