Thanks for the update blindjim ;-)!
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Infection > Vitamin G - lol...!
Blindjim > a balanced diet is the right way to start the day.
A Google search returned Feb 1979 as the last time the U.S. saw a total solar eclipse, as supported by ABC, Wickopedia, and NASA., so I was pretty conforable posting 1979 as the last one, despite the fact it showed well only thru a slendar angle of the country.
As the ’79 solar slice was merely a portion of the US, and not fully spread from coast to coast, a good argument for pointing to 1918 as the last fully spread or coast to coast total eclipse event is well supported.
After the August 2017 solar eclipse, the US will see another solar eclipse on October 14, 2023. That one will be annular, however - which means the edge of the sun will remain visible as a bright ring around the moon.
That eclipse will be visible from Northern California to Florida, according to NASA. After that, the next total eclipse in the US will occur on April 8, 2024, and will be visible from Texas to Maine.
Is it any wonder now, given the swatches of America solar eclipse’ slash across our natie landscape, that we rock and roll as we get our free trip around the sun annually?
tls49 > “…my backyard will get 2 minutes and 36 seconds of total eclipse…”
blindjim > Far out! Absolutely stellar!
Remember to post your “No Virgins Allowed” signs, though if everyone there repeatedly tells your Lunar jokes, crazed solar freaks will definitely want to keep it moving elsewhere. Lol
Or one could put Dean martin’s rendition of “That’s Amore” on a loop, continuously repeating “…. When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie…”
A little known fact is no sacrifices can be made when listening to Martin’s song as the mention of ‘pizza’ makes folks very hungry. Once pizza devouring begins, folks hands get all greasy and who can even hold a stone knife properly, let alone use it to savagely retrieve a still beating heart with greasy hands?
Children, right? Lovely.
True story: When I was a young’un, my Grandad had a farm and bought my cousin and I each a pony. Neither of us visited often enough to keep the ponies from becoming unruly during rides. Adding to the challenge, my Grandad was too kind to knee the animals in the gut when saddling so the smart critters learned to inhale deeply, thus ensuring a loosely fitted saddle.
One afternoon, I was riding mine alone and wandered far into the fields. Did not know that an eclipse was eminent. Suddenly, the pony reared up and took off like a bullet back toward the barn. No amount of bridling slowed it in the least. Eventually, but well short of the barn, the saddle slid enough that I was fully perpendicular to the ground and in the proximity of furious hooves. I bailed and was thankfully uninjured, but Trigger was soon traded for a Honda minibike. I recall that the frequency of visits increased sharply after that...
Learned early on that eclipses are not to be underestimated in their effect on behavior. Looks like you have far surpassed me in expertise on the subject. lol :)
Greetings from Franklin, SC....well into The Path of The Event.
Having dodged The Great Migration by arriving early and planning to leave late (we knew about this a year ago, and made our plans Then rather than Recently....hotel, route, viewing location, etc.)...we've had the luxury and leisure of being 'witnesses' as opposed to being 'witless' about it.
Happy to report that the general mood up to now is still quite civil. No hints of animal sacrifice, virgin violations, wholesale nudity, excessive Pink Floyd playing....almost white bread boring, actually.
Personally, I've been fascinated by the spectacle of Us. Has there ever been an event in human history where so much time, trouble, and money been spent on a transient event of this nature?
No, large scale rock concerts do not apply....not even the 'We Are The World' event, which wasn't big enough to effect anything anyway...
BTW, IMHO, and not to deny the Floyd Fanatics their choice of theme music ( I like PF, too )...a better and more time-sensitive selection. See how many remember this one....
There is no 'dark side of the moon'....the side we can't see faces the sun half the time.....planetary orbital mechanics works for moons as well as planets. Just because we can't see it doesn't mean its' dark all the time.
It's physics, kidz....;)
david_ten > I'm surprised you didn't cover the invasion angle. Perfect day for it.....
blindjim > Long? For me? Nope. Lol
Crap. I was so worried about local fanaticism I just forgot. Hopefully its an alien Holiday and they’ll wait.
Dlcockrum > Hilarious, Jim.
Blindjim > thanks.
Sometimes we forget to laugh and begin to take ourselves way too seriously.
Like gravy, laughter is a part of a balanced diet For better mental health.
Dave > “…the saddle slid enough that I was fully perpendicular to the ground and in the proximity of furious hooves.”
Blindjim > yep. There’s the problem. You used a saddle. Without one all you needed was a stump or a fence, or a good running start with a horse that can or will stand still.
Ain’t a horse that can’t be rode, or a cowboy that can’t be throwed.
Guess they are right.
I rode a lot as a youngster and teenager. Some while over seas. Someone told me early on about re-cinching the saddle and if a horse decides to take off how pulling his or her head around enough so you can bite its ear will usually either get their attention, or create an immense resentment in the creature. They’ll slow down or stop and begin bucking.
One of these is a good thing.
Asvjerry > “…Has there ever been an event in human history where so much time, trouble, and money been spent on a transient event”
Blindjim > that was very funny. Thanks. RE above - probably not. But the next one will surpass this one, etc., etc., etc.
Solar groupies from around the world are here for this one. Some are flying across country to view it more than once… or so says the media.
I lived in Mt. Plesant for a while. There, and Charleston.
Asvjerry > Just because we can't see it doesn't mean its' dark all the time.
Blindjim > exactly right. We are so myopic.
I refuse to use protective eye wear for the express purposes of viewing an orbiting rock getting in the way of a big ball of gas.
Down here in the ;’Sunburn state’ anything that lessens the sun beating down on us is a very special day. Even if its only a partial relief its well received.
Big moment for self was before the Event ensued, a vapor trail appeared in relative alignment to the 'direction' of the moon's movement, tracing across the sky Very Quickly. "Supersonic..." I thought.
Later read that NASA had a pair of interceptors with equipment chasing the Totality...got to see one 'at work'....*G* My taxes doing Something Good....
See y'all 2024...Totality nearest me will run +/- 4 minutes...anything that lasts longer has a certain appeal to me. ;)
When Totality occurred at our location, the bats came out...unmistakable profile and flight characteristics....that was special. *S*