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Posted: 8/22/2017 4:50:56 PM EST
If you took a nice video of the sun, the surroundings, or anything else interesting during the eclipse, share it here.

Here's my contribution:


Taken north of White House, TN,  36°30'6.03"N  86°37'1.25"W.  All the other fools went to population centers.  We found a beautiful and quiet rural spot, and the people who were there in their yard watching (who you can hear in the video) invited us to join them.  We were able to hear wildlife sounds, including owls, and tweeting morning birds after the sun reappeared.  You can play the video at 2x speed and see the change in the clouds and local illumination more easily.

You can hear lots of yelling and screaming and fireworks during the eclipse.  There were large groups gathered at places like churches and such, which there were a few of quite nearby.

From my description for the video:

The camera is pointed towards the direction of the approaching lunar shadow. As it approaches you can see the light dim, and at 2:40 watch as the distant clouds suddenly go dark. Shortly afterwards the umbra approaches the observation site. As the shadow leaves the distant shadows are illuminated first. The streetlight turns on at 2:27, about 40 seconds before totality, and turns back off at 6:56, a little over a minute after totality ended.

The camera's onboard microphone records the sounds so it is not high quality, but you can hear the insect sounds change, owls hooting, and birds tweet as if it's morning as the sun returns.

The light immediately before and after totality was strange - it was dim, but it was still bright yellow, not a red sunset/sunrise color. The light was also extremely crisp and clear due to the very small angular size of the exposed sun. While there was still a good deal of direct light before and after totality, the sunlight did not feel warm at all - there was almost no difference in sensation between sunlight and shadow, almost as if the sunlight was cold.

Here's a few pics too, taken with a ~$150 Canon PowerShot SX610 with 18x optical zoom.

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