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Posted: 4/19/2017 5:08:16 PM EDT
There hasn't been a total solar eclipse in North America for last 38 years.  This year, on August 21st, a total solar eclipse goes right through the US from the west cost to the east coast.

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/solar/2017-august-21


There will be another in the US in seven years, but then there won't be another until 2045.  If you have any chance to see this, it is really a once in a lifetime astronomical experience.

I'm planning to take a trip to Mammoth Cave with friends and family, since the eclipse will be passing very close to that area.  I only live a few hours north of Cave City.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:09:59 PM EDT
I seriously want to, haven't decided on where yet. Driving up from FL to SC would be the quickest route, but it's probably going to be packed.

Maybe an overnight flight out to some unknown midwest town would be the better option.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:11:45 PM EDT
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I seriously want to, haven't decided on where yet. Driving up from FL to SC would be the quickest route, but it's probably going to be packed.

Maybe an overnight flight out to some unknown midwest town would be the better option.
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You can pick any spot on the path, and the path is tens of miles wide, so if you just find a lone country road it should be empty of people.

The weather is the thing I'm concerned about, but it's August, which is usually the dryer part of the year.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:18:55 PM EDT
I'm heading up to Wyoming somewhere to see it.  As a photographer and an astronomy nerd, I wont pass this up.

We had a partial eclipse a few years ago, here's a couple photos I took.

Eclipse-at-Sunset-2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr

Eclipse-at-Sunset-4 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr


Eclipse-at-Sunset-v2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:26:16 PM EDT
There are several active threads about the August 21 total solar eclipse:

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1983073_So-What-Is-The-Big-Deal-About-An-Eclipse-.html&page=2

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1983054_Solar-Eclipse-2017--Do-you-live-in-the-path-.html&page=2

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1974562_Who-plans-on-traveling-at-least-a-few-hundred-miles-to-see-the-solar-eclipse-.html&page=3

But yes, I plan on going, probably to Wyoming, maybe far NW Nebraska.  I've been looking forward to this for many years.  I've seen many partial eclipses, and one annular eclipse, but never a total solar eclipse.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:26:56 PM EDT
My house is smack dab in the middle of the total eclipse path, so i just gotta walk out on the porch..
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:27:10 PM EDT
I'll probably go outside and take a look.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:28:42 PM EDT
We have two sets of hotel reservations inside the band of totality - one in Nebraska, one in Tennessee.  We'll wait and see what the forecast is for both locations before we head out.
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Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:30:39 PM EDT
My farm is 4 miles from the center of the path, 2 minutes and 30 seconds of total eclipse. We're going to have a BBQ/4 Wheeler/Shooting/Eclipse get together.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:37:34 PM EDT
My town is right in the path for the total eclipse. I bought 50 pairs of solar viewing glasses. I intend to close my shop for a half hour or so and stand around in the yard behind my store and pass out glasses to anybody who wants to join me. My shop is on one of the highest points in town and has a grassy yard behind it. Other than the dog poop it should be a great place to watch.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:39:39 PM EDT
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I'm heading up to Wyoming somewhere to see it.  As a photographer and an astronomy nerd, I wont pass this up.

We had a partial eclipse a few years ago, here's a couple photos I took.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7242/7238922308_f28ff8b695_o.jpgEclipse-at-Sunset-2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5240/7238922206_4996afa69f_o.jpgEclipse-at-Sunset-4 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr


https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7093/7245875604_5cd62623ea_o.jpgEclipse-at-Sunset-v2 by Andrew Marjama, on Flickr
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How do we know you didn't photoshop those? Hell, I could have done it in the darkroom 30 years ago . . . (BTW, I'm just messing with you. Today you can't trust any picture and well, a solar eclipse photo would be a no brainer to dummy up).
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:41:30 PM EDT
It looks like that thing will be going right over me.

I know a great place to go watch it.

Guess I will go watch it.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:41:52 PM EDT
Fully visible in Greenville, SC.  I shall step outside.

If the weather is going to be shit, I will probably try to find another place to be to see it.  My daughter is excited to see it.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:46:00 PM EDT
My brother lives in Carbondale, IL, which is almost right smack dab in the middle of the viewing path. I plan on visiting him that day and enjoying the show.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:46:45 PM EDT
I will travel to a lawn chair in my back yard.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:50:57 PM EDT
Probably gonna take the day off work and make a quick drive over the mountains to Jackson Hole so I can be smack in the middle of the path of totality and get over 2 minutes of photography in of the Tetons in some spoooooky lighting!  Maybe some time lapse, that would be pretty sweet too...
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:53:17 PM EDT
I'm traveling from Florida to go camping in Tennessee and see it. Here's hoping for good weather.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:53:40 PM EDT
This sucks I live in low country South Carolina, where does one have to go to see it
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 5:58:03 PM EDT
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Can you make it to Columbia?

Link Posted: 4/19/2017 6:00:07 PM EDT
I'm planning on driving about 30 miles to be closer to the center line near Athens, TN.

Hoping for good weather!
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 6:03:02 PM EDT
Been planning it for two years. Going to Wyoming to watch, family trip
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 6:05:37 PM EDT
Yes.
A.) It's my birthday.
2.) It's near my home.
III.) It's cool.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 6:14:37 PM EDT
If I can see it from my office window then, yeah.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 6:18:30 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:34:25 PM EDT
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Eclipses are overrated
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Kind of like having a Queen.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:36:14 PM EDT
 I live right under the path on the Oregon coast. The tourists this summer are going to be out of control.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:39:29 PM EDT
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I watched that eclipse, October 2014, IIRC?  The sunspot group was spectacular.  And that was just a partial eclipse.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:43:58 PM EDT
in hopes of keeping with tradition, if I find myself in view of a full solar eclipse, I plan on sacrificing small animals in hopes of getting the sun to return
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:44:52 PM EDT
I'll be there.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:47:01 PM EDT
I'll be standing in my yard.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:47:19 PM EDT
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I fully support the sacrifice of cows and pigs with some herbs and BBQ sauce during the event.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:48:53 PM EDT
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Lol.  That sounds like a good idea.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:50:44 PM EDT
Someone should go an arfcom get together.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 7:57:15 PM EDT
Should be able to look out the window at my office and see it.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:04:58 PM EDT
I'm heading down from WI, not sure where I'll go though, probably decide when I see the weather.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:05:58 PM EDT
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That would be very cool!
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:07:06 PM EDT
Yeah, I am going outside.  

Right over my house.

Maybe a meet up in my AOR.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:10:42 PM EDT
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@vp62ift

IM me
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:11:34 PM EDT
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Yeah, I am going outside.  

Right over my house.

Maybe a meet up in my AOR.
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Lucky bastard.  Your a good person for that to happen to.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:16:44 PM EDT
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Getting about 2 mins of totality.  

I am going to a star party this saturday.  Some of those folks are going to Wyoming, the chance of clear weather is better.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:19:45 PM EDT
We are!  It is also our 36th wedding anniversary.  We live almost in the center of the path but plan on going camping in the center of the path.  Already have our eclipse glasses! 
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:22:59 PM EDT
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I will travel to a lawn chair in my back yard.
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Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:25:30 PM EDT
Weather channel says cloudy with 75% chance of rain that day.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:26:46 PM EDT
Dead nuts center of totality looks to be a quarter mile or so south of me.

Map says we will get 2 minutes 38 and a half seconds.

I put in for a vacation day at work to watch it with the brats.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:28:02 PM EDT
As far as eclipse glasses go, how do we know we aren't going to burn our families eyes with some garbage we bought on the internet?
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:32:37 PM EDT
Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:34:19 PM EDT
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My house is smack dab in the middle of the total eclipse path, so i just gotta walk out on the porch..
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Same.
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:37:33 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/19/2017 8:55:58 PM EDT
Planning on it.

Hotels were booked about a year ago on the path, so we are going to have to go camping.
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