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Eclipse news from the area just North east of Atlanta:   Pretty much a non event here.    Sunlight was somewhat reduced.   Inside the house was dim.   The Blue of the Sky was deeper.

But other than that it was just like the last Eclipse.  Perhaps it will be better the next time.

On TV there were good views of other areas.  But ................. Not here.  So............... back to work!!!!!!!!!!!

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LOL. You pretty much captured the event better than the mainstream media. I always liked C-SPAN better than the others.  Thanks.
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Curt, in Atlanta, you weren't in the totality path. You had to be further north. Anyone who wasn't directly in the totality path, didn't see much diming of the sun. Where I am, we had about 70% of the totality and I didn't see any diming of the sun at all.

So I just watched it on the NASA website.

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In Chicago, heavy cloud cover so as Curt said, a "non-event"; totality was only available in the South part of the state.

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True enough Dennis.    The strange light got my attention and it seemed many of the birds were a bit confused but it did not last long.   It's just that there was too much hype.

During my back packing days I encountered many better Natural experiences.

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Interesting. Just found out that the eclipse in April 2024 actually goes over southern Ontario, so that will be right in line for me to see (with the correct glasses of course) the eclipse when it happens then. Cool.

https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2024Apr08Tgoogle.html

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Well, for all my attempts to keep name and location private, I'll throw it out there that I grew up in Carbondale, IL and now live about 12 miles north of it. So I was in the path of totality.  I've also been listening to Planetary Society's weekly radio show, so when I found out they were taping it at SIU, I reserved me a seat!  And then a friend drove down from Chicago and joined me.  But best of all, my brother and his family joined us from a thousand miles away, making it their summer vacation destination.

I had recently purchased a 10 acre farm, so I was all set up.  I took a giant white hay tarp out to one of my pastures, and set up a bunch of chairs, along with my tripod. We had a pinhole camera for the kids.  My parents joined us.  So in all there were nine of us able to witness the totality from a farm field, seeing a dusk/dawn-like horizon in 360 degrees.  It was amazing.  What surprised me the most was how totality kind of "snapped."  I mean, we were all watching with our glasses and everything, and it was getting dimmer and dimmer and dimmer, but then there was just no question about when totality actually started.  It was like someone just hit the light switch in a room.  Boom it was dark. 

What was also cool was hearing voices from neighboring farms ... we were freaking out in our own little world, but hearing cheers and hurrah's from half a mile away was pretty neat.

Photography wise, I had aimed my camera down at the white tarp in order to capture the shadow bands (a.k.a. Shadow Snakes).  I got em!  Only I don't have the video edited yet, it's mostly audio of my family all going bananas. But the tarp is distinctly crawling with thousands of little wiggly worms, all of which go away as the sun peeks back out from behind the moon. 

But the best pic of the day was actually from my friend, who thought he was doing a dry-run of a panorama shot before totality.  Instead, it was a perfectly timed shot as it hit.  So to the left of the wide panorama shot, it's still fairly well lighted, and to the right of the shot, it's dark. 

I've heard that watching a total eclipse is supposed to be dramatic and life changing and make you want to see another ASAP.  Well I wouldn't quite go THAT far, but maybe I'm feeling less compelled to go hunting for one since I know there will be one in the same place in a little more than 7 years.  (THAT's what made Carbondale so special, not just the 2017 eclipse that goes west to east, but the 2024 eclipse goes south to north and intersects at Carbondale. Or more accurately Makanda, where I used to live.) 

Oh, and best part of the day was my dream came true. Thousands gathered in a stadium in Carbondale to watch it, but clouds obscured their view, all but the last 20 seconds.  My family and I had clear skies with 2 minutes and 20 seconds.  yayyyyy!!!



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We had one in 1999 that I saw parked on the side of a road.
The oddest thing we're thr birds all coming in to sleep on the phone and power lines and then the silence was the other odd thing.

The snap of total darkness was so sudden and so complete.

And then it passed and the birds all started and the noise....wow

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_11,_1999

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