Total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017 - predictions

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  1. JeremyS

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  2. Sean Mullen

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    If anyone has ordered from this vendor recently, check the website; I saw the message below today. I ordered back in late June, so I should be okay, but no one notified me of a backlog, so I don't know if they notified people who ordered after July 9.

    NOTICE: Due to the high volume of orders for the August 21st eclipse, SolarLite Mounted Filters, Threaded Camera filters and H-Alpha Systems are temporarily unavailable. Based on current production and the back log of orders, we do not expect to have them available before the eclipse. Our solar filter sheets are a good alternative and still available. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

    Glasses, Cards, Filter Sheets and Bulk Rolls are available and have a current lead time of 1-2 weeks before shipment.

    Note: Orders placed prior to July 9th have a 3-4-week lead time from order date and should all be delivered by August 15th. Orders placed after July 9th may not be delivered in time and can be changed to Solar Filter Sheet(s). Please email your request and include order number.
     
  3. Mark Egan

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    I have been a member of an eclipse chasers discussion group for almost 20 years now. Many of the world's top eclipse scientists and chasers are members. Some of them have chased 20 or more.

    I was mostly clouded out of the one I chased near Munich in 1999. Through that experience, and through the many stories I've read and videos I've seen, I can tell you that there is NOTHING like a total solar eclipse. An partial eclipse of 1% to 70% is neat and interesting; 71% to 95% is very impressive; 96-99% is amazing and unique, but totality is AWESOME in the true sense of the word.

    In the final few moments before totality, there is an INCREDIBLE rush of darkness from the west. During totality, there is a 360 degree sunset, and some bright stars and planets come out.

    But most importantly: during totality, you can remove your solar filter, and you will see solar corona. It's the outer atmosphere of the sun and it is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. You'll see coronal streamers tracing the lines of a chaotic magnetic field around the sun.

    The sight of the solar corona is absolutely mind-numbing. No picture or video will EVER match what the eye sees. THAT is what gets people addicted to chasing total solar eclipses.

    For inspiration and information, you are welcome to check out my blog on the eclipse: http://eclipseaugust2017.blogspot.com/

    I've gathered some of the most inspiring eclipse stories and videos I've come across over the years. I have a links page featuring sites made by some of the world's top eclipse chasers; I have a description of what happens during a total solar eclipse. More recently, I've started posting things related to this eclipse itself.

    I hope that I can inspire you to chase totality. Take the back roads if you need to avoid the crowds- but please find a way to get there.
     
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  4. Marc R. O'Leary

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    @Mark Egan

    Thanks for the info Mark - I appreciate your enthusiasm.
     
  5. Dan Robinson

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    At one month out, there are no signs of a widespread sellout of hotel rooms near the eclipse path in the Midwest. Here in St. Louis, a search reveals that there are still plenty of rooms available for the 20th-22nd, even inside the totality path.
     
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    Wow, that's surprising, given that there are no rooms available in eastern WY or the Nebraska panhandle. Sure, there are fewer hotels in these areas, but proportionately more people in the areas Dan mentions.


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  7. Marc R. O'Leary

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    I think we've decided, pending weather conditions, to head to Scottsbluff, then scoot north into the hinterlands to find a nice quiet spot. Luckily for us it's a day trip, so not a big ordeal.

    Also hearing that a lot of people simply have no idea this is happening.

    Fingers crossed for clear skies.
     

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