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  • #618629

    Goldilocks
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    Is anyone planning to travel this summer to watch the solar eclipse in the United States? I’ve never done this before, but I am excited at the opportunity to see an eclipse and was wondering if anyone had any advice to offer.

    #1189744

    Abba_S
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    Where and when is it? Don’t tell me in the sky.

    #1189745

    zahavasdad
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    August 18, 2017 will be a total solar eclipse visible in a bunch of the US including parts of the South east like kentuky and South Carolina

    I was thinking of seeing it myself, thats one of those things Ive always wanted to see

    #1189746

    Lightbrite
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    Ummm… I remember not being allowed to view a solar eclipse when I was in elementary school. We took paper plates and wrapped them in aluminum foil, in some way that allowed us to see a mirror image of the eclipse safely.

    According to my memory of my teacher’s words, looking at an actual solar eclipse can be blinding.

    Sorry to be a wet rag on the flame … maybe my memory is incorrect and a quick online search will show that it’s indeed safe?

    #1189747

    👑RebYidd23
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    Eye protection is required.

    #1189748

    Nechomah
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    Sorry ZD, according to NASA’s website, it’s on August 21. That is the day between 29 and 30 Av, so being that it is Rosh Chodesh then, that is the time of the moon/sun cycle that there can be an eclipse. The 18th is too early.

    #1189749

    popa_bar_abba
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    I plan to be in a remote jungle in south America, about to be cannibalized. Then, I’ll make the sun go dark, and they’ll make me their chief.

    #1189750

    Meno
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    Wear a welding mask

    #1189751

    Ctrl Alt Del
    Participant

    Planning on taking the whole family to see it. Apparently only a narrow swath of the US will experience the total eclipse.

    #1189752

    Little Froggie
    Participant

    The CR famous ECLIPSE?!

    #1189753

    Meno
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    What if it’s cloudy? That sounds like a waste of a trip

    Also, can someone explain to me why it’s only visible in certain places? If it’s during hours when the sun is out, shouldn’t you be able to see it from any place the sun is visible?

    #1189754

    zahavasdad
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    If its cloudy, it will get dark, but you wont be able to see the eclipse.

    The reason only some areas have total exclipse has to do with the position of the moon. The moon has to fully cover the sun to be an eclipse

    #1189755

    golfer
    Participant

    Sounds like an amazing idea Ctrl Alt D!

    Are you at all concerned about planning a trip that can be, like Meno says- a waste of a trip if it turns out to be a cloudy day?

    Do you live so close to the area that it’s not a big deal?

    Or are you an optimist counting on blue skies?

    #1189756

    Lightbrite
    Participant

    When I was a kid my family took a vacation to Florida. We lived up north and it was a special treat. It rained the whole time. Mosquitoes everywhere. It was still way worth it.

    It’s the adventure and bonding that makes the experience. So even if the eclipse happens to be hidden that day, maybe they will have a good story to tell in the future.

    Sometimes we plan and Hashem laughs right>?

    #1189757

    WolfishMusings
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    Also, can someone explain to me why it’s only visible in certain places? If it’s during hours when the sun is out, shouldn’t you be able to see it from any place the sun is visible?

    Take a lamp and shine it on the floor. Now take a marble (or similarly shaped object) and hold it between the lamp and the floor so that it casts a shadow on the floor.

    Now, pretend the lamp is the sun, the marble is the moon and the floor is the earth. The marble is much smaller than the lamp bulb, and so only casts a shadow on a portion of the floor. Likewise, the moon is smaller than the sun, and so only casts a shadow on a portion of the earth. The part that is in shadow is the part that sees the eclipse.

    The Wolf

    #1189758

    WolfishMusings
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    The moon has to fully cover the sun to be an eclipse

    To be a total eclipse. A partial eclipse is when the moon only covers a portion of the sun’s disc.

    The Wolf

    #1189759

    WolfishMusings
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    If you’re still going to be around on May 1 2079, a total eclipse will go right through the city. In fact, you can see the totality by standing on Flatbush Avenue, just north of the Marine Park Bridge.

    The Wolf

    #1189761

    Spunk
    Member

    I watched a total lunar eclipse in NYC on succos last year. It was magnificent and awe-inspiring. (I believe a lunar eclipse occurs when the earth’s shadow covers the moon.)

    did anyone else see it?

    #1189762

    Meno
    Participant

    “Eye protection is required.”

    So after some research on the topic, it seems that you don’t need eye protection for a TOTAL solar eclipse (i.e. you are viewing the eclipse from an area where the entire sun is blocked by the moon), which is what I assume this thread is about.

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