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2024 Solar Eclipse

Postby Eahland » Fri Apr 05, 2024 2:58 pm

On Monday, April 8th, between 15:42 and 20:53 UTC, the moon will pass directly between Earth and the sun, causing a total solar eclipse.

Because the moon is much smaller than Earth, its shadow doesn't completely cover Earth, like ours does it when the positions are reversed in a lunar eclipse, so, unlike a lunar eclipse, the solar eclipse won't be visible from everywhere on Earth that the sun is. The umbra, the dark center of the moon's shadow, where it will completely block the sun, will be an oval about 180km wide, and stretching lengthwise as it wraps around the curve of the Earth, and will track across the surface of Earth in a path of totality starting in the mid-Pacific and traveling across northern Mexico, across the U.S.and a bit of southern Canada from Texas to Maine, across Newfoundland, and out into the North Atlantic. It'll take about four minutes for the shadow to cross any particular spot near the centerline of the path.

The penumbra, the fuzzy outer shadow, where the moon will only partially block the sun, will cut a much broader swath that will cover the eastern Pacific, most of North America (except Alaska), the North Atlantic, and a tiny bit of the western end of Europe before it tracks off Earth entirely.

Because of the convenient track of the path of totality near many of the major population centers of North America, a lot of people are traveling to see the event, and the areas under the path of totality don't have the resources and infrastructure to handle the crowds. My area is expecting something between 40k and 160k people to come in over the weekend, which may not seem like much, but that's somewhere between the population of our largest city and a quarter the population of the entire state. Local authorities have preemptively declared states of emergency and are advising people to make sure they've stocked up on food and gas and to avoid travel. School here has been canceled on Monday. We got a mess of heavy wet snow dumped on us yesterday, too, and though it's melting rapidly and Monday is expected to be sunny (except around 15:30), I'm not sure it'll be gone by Monday, and that may complicate things.

So, anyone got eclipse plans? I'm sitting directly under the path of totality, 21.9 km from the centerline, so my plan is "go outside, look up".
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Postby The Apollonian Systems » Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:04 pm

I’m in southern Arkansas so it should be a near total eclipse for me.

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Postby Merien » Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:23 pm

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Postby Daphomir » Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:27 pm

Nice thing about it, I'll be home from school just in time to witness it:)
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Postby Shazbotdom » Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:47 pm

We'll get about 85-90% here in South-East Louisiana.
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Postby Gorutimania » Fri Apr 05, 2024 3:49 pm

My school is gonna take us to see it. Will be amazing.
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Postby Numadsh » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:49 pm

If only I could fly there (no eclipses at all this year for where I live), but I hear it's going to be packed full of tourists some places even declared emergency to prepare for them iirc...
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Postby Zantalio » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:52 pm

Just go to school, then go live my life, as usual. Maybe my school will do something, but I don’t know.
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Postby Reploid Productions » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:53 pm

I'm presently en route to Texas for the eclipse; we've had our hotel booked in the path of totality since February last year. :lol2: Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather forecast improves, considering my next opportunity for a US total solar eclipse isn't until the 2040s!
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Postby Pathonia » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:55 pm

Oh how I'd love to see it.
Alas, I'm to be stuck in school as it occurs, only able to see the last few moments of it before the moon stops blocking any portion of the Sun.

I wouldn't be missing all that much, I'm not in the path of totality.
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Postby Zantalio » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:57 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:I'm presently en route to Texas for the eclipse; we've had our hotel booked in the path of totality since February last year. :lol2: Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather forecast improves, considering my next opportunity for a US total solar eclipse isn't until the 2040s!

Go live in Eurasia for a bit when the next solar eclipse comes then.
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Postby Trump Almighty » Fri Apr 05, 2024 8:57 pm

As stated in an earlier post, I will host a rally in Indianapolis, a large city within the path of totality, and hold an ENORMOUS RALLY! It will emphasize the impact that other nations have on Ruining our Eclipses.

China will use their Spy Balloons as a weapon to steal our eclipses from us. Ukraine will demand we send them our eclipses so they can fight Russia, putting Unjust Pressure on the Hardworking American Taxpayer. We must STAY STRONG! It will be amazing. MILLIONS and MILLIONS of spectators
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Postby Zantalio » Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:00 pm

Trump Almighty wrote:As stated in an earlier post, I will host a rally in Indianapolis, a large city within the path of totality, and hold an ENORMOUS RALLY! It will emphasize the impact that other nations have on Ruining our Eclipses.

China will use their Spy Balloons as a weapon to steal our eclipses from us. Ukraine will demand we send them our eclipses so they can fight Russia, putting Unjust Pressure on the Hardworking American Taxpayer. It will be amazing. MILLIONS and MILLIONS of spectators

Just shoot down the spy balloon and the eclipse only happens in North America.
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Postby Trump Almighty » Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:01 pm

Zantalio wrote:
Trump Almighty wrote:As stated in an earlier post, I will host a rally in Indianapolis, a large city within the path of totality, and hold an ENORMOUS RALLY! It will emphasize the impact that other nations have on Ruining our Eclipses.

China will use their Spy Balloons as a weapon to steal our eclipses from us. Ukraine will demand we send them our eclipses so they can fight Russia, putting Unjust Pressure on the Hardworking American Taxpayer. It will be amazing. MILLIONS and MILLIONS of spectators

Just shoot down the spy balloon and the eclipse only happens in North America.


I wish that move would also result in the eclipse path crossing your school somehow
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Postby Zantalio » Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:03 pm

Trump Almighty wrote:
Zantalio wrote:Just shoot down the spy balloon and the eclipse only happens in North America.


I wish that move would also result in the eclipse path crossing your school somehow

I mean, I’m an Arizona guy, so I can still partly see the eclipse.
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Postby Ineva » Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:05 pm

Zantalio wrote:
Trump Almighty wrote:
I wish that move would also result in the eclipse path crossing your school somehow

I mean, I’m an Arizona guy, so I can still partly see the eclipse.

Hey, I think Bayshire is also from there! Guess the best folks hail from the Grand Canyon state.
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Postby Eahland » Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:23 pm

Trump Almighty wrote:As stated in an earlier post, I will host a rally in Indianapolis, a large city within the path of totality, and hold an ENORMOUS RALLY! It will emphasize the impact that other nations have on Ruining our Eclipses.

China will use their Spy Balloons as a weapon to steal our eclipses from us. Ukraine will demand we send them our eclipses so they can fight Russia, putting Unjust Pressure on the Hardworking American Taxpayer. It will be amazing. MILLIONS and MILLIONS of spectators

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Postby Eahland » Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:02 pm

Reploid Productions wrote:I'm presently en route to Texas for the eclipse; we've had our hotel booked in the path of totality since February last year. :lol2: Keeping my fingers crossed that the weather forecast improves, considering my next opportunity for a US total solar eclipse isn't until the 2040s!

Given what the winter and spring have been like, I was expecting that it was probably going to be overcast and likely raining and/or snowing, and we wouldn't get to see anything here. But the forecast here is currently saying we're going to get a break in the cloud cover on Monday.
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Postby Egg Ander » Sun Apr 07, 2024 6:37 pm

The solar eclipse is tomorrow. Are you going to see the eclipse with solar glasses? Or you would not because you dont have solar glasses, you just watch it in a livestream/video, or the eclipse is not going to happen in your location?
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Postby Polomon Islands » Sun Apr 07, 2024 7:40 pm

Egg Ander wrote:The solar eclipse is tomorrow. Are you going to see the eclipse with solar glasses? Or you would not because you dont have solar glasses, you just watch it in a livestream/video, or the eclipse is not going to happen in your location?

Im getting a partial eclipse, my ma is going to buy us some glasses tonight for the eclipse (were in florida)
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Postby Turussniya » Sun Apr 07, 2024 7:40 pm

Egg Ander wrote:The solar eclipse is tomorrow. Are you going to see the eclipse with solar glasses? Or you would not because you dont have solar glasses, you just watch it in a livestream/video, or the eclipse is not going to happen in your location?

Great question, I will be on NationStates or watching B1tterSt3el

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Postby Lugarvatn » Sun Apr 07, 2024 7:58 pm

I don't see the solar eclipse yet :P

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Postby Alinek » Sun Apr 07, 2024 8:02 pm

I live right in the totality zone. Unfortunately, it'll be quite cloudy.
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